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Education Abroad

Funding Education Abroad

Through the use of scholarships, fellowships, fundraising, and research grants, studying abroad can often be extremely affordable. ESF Education Abroad is particularly devoted to making international experience accessible to all ESF students regardless of cost. We encourage you to visit OIE to talk about any of the below funding options and how to make studying abroad a reality for you:

Quick Tips

  • Sticker Shock: When looking at a program cost, read into what the cost fully entails. Some costs may include flights where as others may not. Some may have meals and housing included, again, others may not. Be knowledgeable about what the true cost means. Just because one number is higher than the other doesn’t always mean it’s more expensive.
  • Do Your Research: The internet can be a great place to start, but not all funding sources can be found online. Don't hesitate to ask professors, staff, colleagues, high school alumni associations, parents, or others for advice on where to find scholarship money. Often the least publicized sources can be the largest and least competitive!
  • IMPORTANT: Don't forget to talk with the SUNY-ESF Financial Aid Office! Confirm that your financial aid will carry over while studying abroad and ask about the process/timeline.

Scholarship Application Tips

  • Apply Early and Often: Start early and take your time, paying attention to deadlines. Apply to as many scholarships as you can. Several small scholarships can add up, and you never know what may work out.
  • Use Your Resources: You should plan to have your scholarship application reviewed by at least the Writing Center and the Office of International Education. Use the resources available to you to help refine your arguments and also check for spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Be Unique: Create a unique essay for each scholarship application. Although many of the essay prompts may be similar, don’t try to draft a “one size fits all” response for all your applications. Review committees will know, and it will reflect poorly on your application.
  • Be Specific: When writing prompts, try to be as specific as possible. For example, clearly identify why you chose the specific program and location. Was there a specific opportunity, class, personal connection, or research opportunity that drove you to select your program? Research the mission of the scholarship and refer back to it in your essays.
  • Close the Loop: Education abroad is not a “one and done,” it is a lifelong process of learning and embracing an international perspective. In your applications, be sure to explain how you will continue to build on your education after returning from abroad. For example, will you use your experience on a future research project, graduate admission application, or career track? In other words, how will this opportunity continue to benefit you 1 year from now, 5 years from now, and even 10 years from now?