Educational Experiences Abroad for Students
Educational Experiences Abroad for Students
The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) is a not-for-profit organization committed to quality international educational travel and exchange for youth at the high school level. Since January 2010, GCS has been a member of CSIET (www.CSIET.org) as a provider of sound information and advice on travel abroad companies and regulations.
Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) - The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program is an innovative high school exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This public diplomacy initiative builds bridges of international understanding, especially between Americans and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. The application deadline for the 2013-2014 programs is January 10, 2013. Learn more at: www.yesprograms.org
· YFU Full Scholarships:
The James Bradley Peace Foundation Scholarship, formerly known as the Sons of Iwo Jima Scholarship program, provides academic year scholarships to Vietnam or China. This program is open to all U.S. high school students. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Previous participants on a YFU exchange are not eligible. Only U.S. citizens may apply. There is a cost of $75 application fee. The remainder of the tuition is covered by the scholarship. Application Postmark Deadline: January 8, 2013.
Kikkoman National Scholarship: Summer in Japan, open to high school students with freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior class standing at the time application is submitted. Only US citizens may apply. Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship to Japan are not eligible. There is a cost of $75 application fee. The remainder of the tuition is covered by the scholarship. Application Postmark Deadline: January 8, 2013.
Skylink Travel House: Fall semester or year program to several Latin American countries. Open to US high school students with freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior class standing. Students must hold a 3.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale. There is a cost of $75 application fee. The remainder of the tuition is covered by the scholarship. Application Postmark Deadline: January 8, 2013.
Employee Scholarships for students who are dependent of full-time employees of: Sony, Mazda, Epson, Toshiba, Johnson & Johnson, C. R. Bard, Inc. and Mitsubishi. These full scholarships vary in length and destination (review YFU webpage). Application Postmark Deadline: Starting January 5, 2013
Finland-US Senate Youth Exchange Program: Summer program opportunity open to high school students nationwide with sophomore or junior class standing at the time of application deadline. Students must hold a 3.2 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale. Only US citizens may apply. No prior foreign language study is required. This scholarship requires a $500 student contribution towards the program tuition plus an additional $75 application fee. The remainder of the tuition is covered by the scholarship. Application Postmark Deadline: January 8, 2013.
More information and applications for YFU scholarships at: http://yfuusa.org/american-students/scholarships.php
More Scholarship Opportunities:
The National Geographic Student Expeditions Scholarship Program provides financial support for students seeking educational summer experiences who could not otherwise afford them. Last year, they awarded full scholarships to 20 students from all around the country. They traveled in ten different countries on 13 different programs, focusing on Photography, Wildlife & Conservation, Community Service, Archaeology & Ancient Cultures, and Creative Writing. The National Geographic scholarship program generally considers U.S. and Canadian students whose parents’ combined income is less than $50,000 and who have few assets. To apply for a summer 2013 scholarship, submit the scholarship application materials by February, 2013. http://ngstudentexpeditions.com/about/scholarships/
· AFS Merit-based Partial Scholarships:
Global Leaders Merit Scholarship $3,000 merit-based scholarship towards the cost of select AFS programs. A number of scholarships available for students interested in participating on a year program to China, Egypt, India, Turkey or Russia departing summer/fall of 2013. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for their desired program. The application deadline is 11:59 pm (PST) February 28, 2013. Go here (http://www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/scholarships/global-leaders-merit/) to learn more about this opportunity and the application process.
Vaya a América Latina Scholarship: Explore Latin America for Half the Price. These merit-based scholarships cover half of the tuition cost for a summer program to Costa Rica or Argentina departing in 2013. The application deadline is 11:59 pm. (PST) March 21, 2013. Go here (http://www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/scholarships/vaya-a-america-latina/) to learn more about this opportunity and the application process.
Viaggio Italiano Scholarship: Win a $2,000 Scholarship for the Italy Year Program. This merit-based scholarship will help you get one step closer to life in Italy. The application deadline is 11:59 pm (PST) February 28, 2013. Go here (http://www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/scholarships/viaggio-italiano/) to learn more about this opportunity and the application process.
Dustin's GreenHouse plants seeds of hope and opportunity in the lives of North Carolina students. Innovative travel, academic and mentoring programs as a means of enabling under-served and under-recognized students to invest in their personal, educational and professional potential. www.dustinsgreenhouse.org/main.html
Serbia Youth Leadership Program (SYLP) for U.S. Participants – Twelve U.S. high school students and three teachers/community leaders travel to Serbia for a two-and-a-half -week program. Participants take part in a five-day seminar in Belgrade that prepares them for their week-long program in a community in or near Novi Pazar, Vrbas, or Uzice. Participants are hosted by youth from Serbia. All travel and program expenses are supported by American Councils, through its grant with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Learn more at http://www.americancouncils.org/program/4d/SYLP/
National Security Language Initiative for Youth - The U.S. Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in a summer, semester or academic year through international immersion programs. The application deadline for 2013-14 programs is November 1, 2012. Learn more at www.nsliforyouth.org
Federally Authorized Placing Organizations:
AFS, Intercultural Programs - (formerly the American Field Service) is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world through independent, nonprofit AFS Organizations, each with a network of volunteers, a professionally staffed office, and headed up by a volunteer board. Learn more about its mission, volunteerism, hosting and sending programs at www.AFSUSA.org . You may also contact Terri Frid, AFS Community Developer, at TFrid@AFS.org. Ms. Frid can answer questions, arrange presentations and provide introductions to local AFS volunteers.
YFU- Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Youth For Understanding is one of oldest, largest, and most-respected foreign exchange organizations. With more than 40 national organizations and more than 2000 U.S. volunteers, they share a common mission and vision for the future: to prepare young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world. For more information contact an Admissions Counselor at 1.800.TEENAGE (800.833.6243) or at firstname.lastname@example.org. More available scholarships are posted in their webpage: http://yfuusa.org/american-students/scholarships.php
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