Bringing Diversity Abroad

This webpage includes visual descriptive information about past students' study abroad experiences. If you are considering study abroad, there is a Getting Ready to Travel pre-departure checklist. It is strongly recommended that every student review the checklist CAREFULLY before making a decision. Through Michigan Tech's International Programs and Services (IPS) office there are over 30 countries that you can explore through study abroad. The four on the right are highlighted throughout the experiences shared in the video journals provided below.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is Congressionally funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Eligibility: Any U.S. citizen who is Pell-grant eligible and is enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year institution and who plans to study or intern abroad for at least 4 weeks in 1 country.

Award: Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded for a length of study consisting of an academic year. Award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need, with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Application Components: Submit transcripts and a statement of purpose. It is important to address the impact your study abroad program or internship will have on your academic, professional, and personal goals. You should also address the impact that receiving the Gilman Scholarship would have on your achievement of these goals. The great thing about the application process is that it is all online! Here is a Sample Application. (This sample includes only a portion of the application for reference.)

Follow-up Service Project: You must create a unique project proposal that will promote the Gilman Scholarship Program, study abroad, and community service. Your project must be completed within 6 months after your internship or study abroad program.

The Summer 2014-Fall 2014 and AY 2014-2015 applications are now open! The deadline is March 4, 2014, so get started on the process now! The Gilman website provides a timeline of dates for when to submit your application. It also includes contact information should you have further questions.


Chanavia L. Smith
Social Sciences
Kwansei Gakuin University
Nishinomiya, Japan
AY 2012-2013

"I had an unforgettable experience in Japan thanks to the funding from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Thank you!" 
—Chanavia Smith

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