Veterans & Military-Connected Students

 

FIE: Foundation for International Education welcomes and encourages veterans to study with us in Dublin, London, and Amman. Study abroad helps you grow academically, professionally, and personally, building on your existing life experiences and maturity. FIE empowers you to take your proven work ethic, unique talents, background, and experiences to become a successful global leader.

 

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As a veteran, you have already demonstrated your commitment to representing the United States overseas. Did you know that you might be eligible to use federal GI Bill benefits to help fund a semester, summer, or even a full year abroad? If you are interested in studying abroad, begin your plans today as it will take time for you to work through the various steps necessary for you to access all the benefits to which you are entitled.

A study abroad benefits summary published by the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs – Post 9/11 GI Bill – Study Abroad – is a good starting point for Chapter 33 benefits, but you may also be eligible to access funds under the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), Chapter 31, or Chapter 35.

POST 9/11 GI BILL (CHAPTER 33) BASICS

  • Established in 2008 to 100% fund a public, four-year undergraduate degree for veterans who have served active duty for 3+ years. (Please note that any amounts payable are reduced if you are not eligible at the 100% payment tier)

  • Created to augment aid for textbooks, housing, and costlier institutions in hopes of increasing the number of veterans with undergraduate degrees

  • Established direct payment of benefits to institutions

  • Allows veterans to transfer benefits to spouse or children after 10+ years of active duty

  • The Yellow Ribbon Program is designed to help veterans attend private, graduate, and non-resident public schools through aid matching


STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS

  • If you have one, Visit the Veterans Center on your campus

  • Every campus has a VA School Certifying Official (SCO) often in the Registrar’s Office. Identify who this person is, especially if your campus doesn’t have a Veterans Center and Speak to him/her to determine whether or not you are eligible to receive funding for study abroad

    • If you have concerns with what you are advised by you SCO then speak to your state’s Education Liaison Representative (ELR) in your regional VA Office

  • Research various FIE study abroad program options and determine what you believe is the best program for you

  • Meet with the Study Abroad Advisor on your campus to help decide the best FIE program for you

    • You need to enroll in home school courses for graduation and be charged tuition and academic fees by your home campus

    • Request a cost breakdown of tuition, housing, and associated fees that you can then submit to your School Certifying Official. (Remember that the VA cannot pay any fees specific to studying abroad unless you are required to study abroad as part of your degree program)

    • FIE will bill your home campus student account for tuition/academic fees and housing fees. The VA can then pay your home school tuition amount to your campus account and your home school pays FIE this academic fee

    • VA can provide you with a monthly cost of living/housing allowance based on your home campus ZIP Code that you pay to FIE. (Again, the housing stipend is based on the percentage the amount of time the military member served on active duty)

      • If you plan to use your housing stipend to continue to pay your current lease please understand that you will still need to pay for FIE housing

    • VA can provide you with a books and supplies stipend (but cannot pay costs related to airfare and meals)

    • You are responsible for covering the other fees either out-of-pocket or via scholarships (also see below)

  • Meet with your academic advisor: The courses you take while on an FIE program must contribute to your degree attainment (electives count). Ensure your advisor connects with your SCO and Study Abroad Office staff

    • Enroll in home school courses so that your FIE courses, hours, and grades transfer back

  • Follow up with your SCO to ensure that your VA benefits will work with the FIE program you have chosen. Remember that the VA will only pay towards the maximum in-state cost of attendance and they cannot pay FIE directly

  • Apply to your chosen study abroad program with FIE

  • If you have any disability academic accommodations, be sure to Meet with your Disability Services Advisor on your home campus to coordinate academic accommodations while on the FIE program

  • Continue to check in with your Study Abroad Office and SCO/Veterans Center to ensure that the necessary information is being transmitted between offices

    • The process on the VA side must be completed at least two weeks prior to your departure. For example, if your study abroad experience crosses over a given month while overseas then your housing allowance can be affected

    • Benefits will not be available until you have been “certified”. Sometimes certification can happen after you go abroad and reimbursement may be an option. This is not the preferable approach

  • Since your GI Bill benefits will be distributed after the start of your FIE program be sure to Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to complete a Deferment of Aid form

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FIE SUPPORT FOR VETERANS

  • Dedicated support staff in the US and London
  • Single rooms available based on age and life experience
  • Counseling support for veterans and military-connected students

Remember, you should also apply for an FIE Sharif Rahman Scholarship to cover additional study abroad costs using the Diversity and Inclusivity Pathway and self-identify as a veteran.  

 

Financial Aid

 

Along with the excitement and anticipation of planning to study abroad with FIE: Foundation for International Education comes the stress and woes of financing your experience. Don’t worry! You can afford to study with FIE! If you are currently receiving financial aid for your college education, in many cases you can use it to study abroad. This can be the case with aid from an institution, a foundation, the state or federal government, or any other private or public sources. Talk to your study abroad advisor, financial aid officer, or bursar about what can and cannot be applied to an FIE program of study abroad.

 

NAFSA: Association of International Educators has a great ‘Financial Aid & Study Abroad: Basic Facts for Students’ resource online to help you get started.

 

In Case You Missed It: On June 19, 2017, the US Department of Education announced that the Pell Grant program was expanded year-round to include summer aid.

 

HOW DO I ARRANGE TO HAVE FINANCIAL AID APPLIED TO AN FIE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM?

  • Meet with your study abroad advisor to decide on your FIE program and develop a budget for your study abroad program. FIE has an example of a Study Abroad Budget online that may get you started.

  • Upon application to an FIE study abroad program, contact your financial aid advisor to see if there are special application processes or policies required in receiving your financial aid for overseas study. Work with your study abroad advisor and financial aid advisor to determine your eligibility of your aid

  • Check with your bursar's office on how they can contact you while you are overseas and how they make financial aid disbursement arrangements

    • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at FIE if your financial aid disbursement will be delayed after the FIE payment deadline

  • Be sure to check with all three offices, weeks before your plans are finalized. Keep records of all forms submitted and submission dates as well as all personal contacts made (individuals and dates of those contacts). Those records will help you avoid confusion as well as clarify issues that might arise

 

Be sure to apply for FIE Scholarships and check out the other scholarships available to help you study abroad. Be sure to check the deadline for all these scholarship applications as sometime they are over a year before you plan to study with FIE! You may also have additional resources through State Aid and assistance for Veterans.

Studying abroad is an investment in your future. With FIE, you have the opportunity to broaden your educational horizons while you gain a deeper understanding of the global community in which we live. We realize it is also a financial investment. While this can seem daunting, there are a variety of financial resources available to you through FIE, your home university, and federal aid to help you make your dream a reality.

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Other Scholarships

In addition to the FIE scholarships, study abroad scholarships are available from a variety of supportive institutions. 

 

DIVERSITY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS

Diversity Abroad was founded to ensure that all students are aware of, and have equal access to, study and travel abroad opportunities. The mission of Diversity Abroad is to increase minority students’ participation in study and travel abroad programs. FIE is a Diversity Abroad member institution and students on all our programs are eligible to apply for various scholarships listed on the Diversity Abroad website.

For more information and application details, please visit the Diversity Abroad Scholarship page.


THE FUND FOR EDUCATION ABROAD

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented within the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting students who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including, but not limited to:

  • Minority students;
  • First-generation college students;
  • Students with disabilities;
  • Student athletes;
  • Military Veterans; and
  • Non-traditional age students

before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

More information and scholarship applications can be accessed via the FEA website.

In addition to their general scholarships, FEA also awards dedicated scholarships to students who, in addition to meeting general eligibility requirements, also meet select demographic, regional, or semester criteria:

  • BASAA Scholarship - awarded to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located in the Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Connecticut area
  • DC Area Scholarship - available to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, or suburban Maryland
  • Minnesota Scholarship - awarded to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located in Minnesota
  • PDX Abroad Scholarship - awarded to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located in the Portland, Oregon area.
  • Rainbow Scholarship - awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.

BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Available to students who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or who provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for US undergraduate students to study abroad for up to one academic year. The program aims to diversify the kinds of student who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program serves students who have been underrepresented in study abroad and includes, but is not limited to, students with financial need, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, students attending minority-serving institutions, and students with disabilities.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Visit the Gilman website for more information, full eligibility criteria, and the online application.


ASHLEY’S FOUNDATION

In order to qualify to apply for the Ashley Soulé Conroy Study Abroad Scholarship, applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S. 4-year college or university.
  • Have at least 30 hours of completed undergraduate credit by the time of the study abroad term’s start date.
  • Intend to study abroad in a program that is outside of the U.S.
  • Be enrolling in a study abroad term (the days that you are actually enrolled in classes abroad) that is no shorter than 14 weeks.
  • Be applying for either the Fall or Spring semester. Summer applicants will not be considered unless their academic term abroad is longer than 14 weeks, in which case they should apply for the Spring semester scholarship.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at their current institution, verifiable on their transcript.

Visit the Ashley’s Foundation website for more information and to Apply.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES 

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a disability-led non-profit organization in the US that provides resources to students with disabilities who wish to study abroad. Their web page includes helpful information for students including how to plan and prepare for their study abroad experience. They also highlight scholarship opportunities in the Identify Your Funding Options section. Two that you may be eligible to apply to an FIE program are: 


KAHAL: GRANTS FOR JEWISH STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD

KAHAL, or “community,” refers back to the once great, autonomous Jewish communities of pre-Enlightenment Europe. As the Kahals and ghettos dissolved, Jews became more involved in the secular communities of their home countries. Today, Jewish study abroad students take advantage of limitless opportunities presented by the cultures of their host countries and they can connect with KAHAL and find their Jewish home abroad.

Any Jewish-American student studying abroad may apply for grants from KAHAL, a global Jewish community and resource for Jewish students abroad. Students may apply for programming grants, subsidies to attend educational programs, and on invitation travel subsidies.

Please visit the KAHAL website to apply.


AASAP LORD ACTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 

The Association of American Study Abroad Programmes United Kingdom (AASAP/UK) was established in 1991 to represent American study abroad programs in the UK and Lord Acton was AASAP/UK’s first Honorary President, serving in this capacity from 2006 until his untimely death in 2010. His professional career included work as a banker, barrister, human rights campaigner, writer, and politician. He sat in the House of Lords as both a life and hereditary peer on the Labour benches. He was a champion of international educational and cultural exchange and offered invaluable assistance and guidance to AASAP/UK.

AASAP/UK provides a deserving study abroad student with financial support to pursue academic study in the United Kingdom.  The merit-based scholarship is awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share with AASAP/UK members the ways in which the scholarship has helped to fulfill their academic and personal ambitions. 

Visit the AASAP/UK scholarships page for more information and the application components.


UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN GENERATION STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP 

As one of FIE's partners in Dublinstudents interested in studying for a full academic year with FIE and University College Dublin (UCD) are eligible for a €1,000 tuition scholarship.

More information and Terms and Conditions are available on the UCD website.


TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS

Another of FIE’s program partners in Dublin, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), has various scholarships available for study abroad students at TCD for a semester or academic year.

A full list of TCD scholarships is available online but the following may be of particular interest to FIE Dublin students:

More information and how to apply can be found on the TCD website.


AMIDEAST NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS (PEACE & CONFLICT WITH ARABIC OPTION PROGRAM ONLY)

Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training, and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. AMIDEAST is FIE’s partner for the Jordanian part of the Peace and Conflict program.

Students who are planning to participate in the Arabic extension portion of the Peace and Conflict program may apply for AMIDEAST Need-Based Scholarships. Scholarship applications from all qualified students are considered, however, preference is given to applicants who fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college students and/or members of groups that historically have been underrepresented on study abroad programs
  • Demonstrated serious financial need
  • Demonstrated academic excellence

More information and the application process is on the AMIDEAST web site


HAWKINSON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS (PEACE & CONFLICT PROGRAM ONLY)

Hawkinson Fund Scholarships are awarded each year to undergraduate and graduate students who are residents of or currently attending school in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota or Wisconsin and who demonstrate a commitment to peace and justice. More information and the online application is on the Hawkinson website.


 

BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS (PEACE & CONFLICT PROGRAM ONLY)

Boren Scholarships are awarded each year to US undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) students under the “Language Study with Academic Coursework” option. The scholarships fund up to $8,000 for summer study (minimum of 8 weeks) for students majoring in the STEM fields. More information and the online application is on the Boren Scholarship website.


 

SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH ENGINES

  • StudyAbroad.com
    A funding and financial aid directory with many links to scholarship resources
  • IIE's Study Abroad Funding Directory
    With hundreds of scholarship and grant listings, IIE's online directory Study Abroad Funding is among the most comprehensive directories for U.S. students to find funding for studying abroad
  • InternationalScholarships.com
    A resource for financial aid, college scholarship, and grant information for U.S. and international students wishing to study abroad
  • Abroad101.com
    Many study abroad funding options can be found here
  • Federal Student Aid
    See tips on getting ready for college. Learn about the federal student aid programs as well as other sources of financial aid to help you pay for college or career school. Also, learn about the process for applying for and receiving financial aid
  • GoOverseas.com Financial Aid Article
  • A quick, comprehensive, and easy-to-read summary of the solutions to various financial problems students might face abroad
  • CollegeNET
  • A scholarship search engine that can be used to find study abroad scholarships

Scholarships & Aid

 

If you think study abroad is unaffordable, think again. Financial Aid can generally be used to help subsidize the costs of your study abroad program. In addition, FIE has several scholarships available to help offset the price of your program.

Studying abroad is an investment in your future. With FIE, you have the opportunity to broaden your educational horizons while you gain a deeper understanding of the global community in which you live. We realize it is also a financial investment. While this can seem daunting, there are a variety of resources available to you through FIE, your home university and federal financial aid to help you make your dream a reality.

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FIE Scholarships

 

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FIE is pleased to announce an increase in FIE scholarships available to our students attending our London, Dublin, and Amman programs beginning in Spring 2017. The implementation of our new scholarship initiative comes after a careful review and the desire to help more students from diverse backgrounds study abroad.

Over $140,000 in scholarships is available in the categories below and through our partner scholarship scheme. We believe the considerable expansion of our scholarship program indicates FIE's commitment to our values and to reaching students from all communities.

 

FOR STUDENTS APPLYING TO FIE SHARIF RAHMAN, GENERATION STUDY ABROAD, AND FIE DUBLIN SCHOLARSHIPS: Applications may require additional submissions, such as an essay or advisor/professor recommendation. Please read all guidance on the MyStudyAbroad@FIE scholarships pages and apply via MyStudyAbroad@FIE. Only successful applicants will be contacted via email by FIE's scholarship committee. If you have not heard from the committee within one week of the application deadline, your application has not been successful. The application deadline for all FIE scholarships is 11:59 pm GMT. Please be aware this may be different from your local time. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with further questions.

FOR RECOMMENDERS OF STUDENTS APPLYING FOR FIE SHARIF RAHMAN, GENERATION STUDY ABROAD, AND FIE DUBLIN SCHOLARSHIPS: Requests for letters of recommendation will be sent from the student to the email address they have indicated you can be reached at. Please submit all letters of recommendation by following the instructions in the email. Alternatively, please include the student's name and send to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before the deadline listed by each scholarship. 

FOR STUDENTS APPLYING FOR THE FIE AND FEA ACCESS PARTNER SCHOLARSHIP: Applications are made on the FEA website at https://fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/ The deadline for Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019/2019 is determined by FEA and is Monday, January 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST.


Sharif RahmanSHARIF RAHMAN SCHOLARSHIPS

In memory of our late Chairman and FIE founder Sharif Rahman, the Sharif Rahman Memorial Scholarship program was established in 2003 for FIE students. Sharif was an international educator of the highest integrity whose vision and energy shaped the development of FIE and enriched the field of education abroad. 

SEMESTER & QUARTER PROGRAMS 

Eligible Programs:

London

  • Spring/Fall Semester
  • Fall/Winter/Spring Quarter

Dublin

  • Spring/Fall Semester (DBS, TCD, UCD)

 

Amount: $3,000

Deadlines:

  • Spring Semester & Winter Quarter: September 15
  • Spring Quarter: December 15
  • Fall Semester & Fall Quarter: March 15
  • The application deadline for all FIE scholarships is 11:59 pm GMT

Students can choose from three application routes:

Route 1: Diversity and Inclusivity; Challenges & Opportunities Faced by Underrepresented Groups

Route 2: Environmental Responsibility

Route 3: Charity & Community

These various pathways provide students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful cultural immersion and social responsibility projects and activities.


SUMMER PROGRAMS

Eligible Programs:

London

  • Extended Summer Study Program
  • London and Dublin Dual-City
  • Pages, Stages, Scenes, and Screens: British Culture from Shakespeare to Modern Media
  • London Summer Internships

Dublin

  • Dublin Summer Irish Studies: Business & Culture
  • Dublin Summer Internships
  • London and Dublin Dual-City

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 15

The application deadline for all FIE scholarships is 11:59 pm GMT 

 

Eligible Programs:

Amman

  • Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East
  • Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East + Arabic Study

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 15

The application deadline for all FIE scholarships is 11:59 pm GMT 


GENERATION STUDY ABROAD SPRING SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible Programs:

London

  • Spring Semester
  • Spring/Winter Quarter

Dublin

  • Spring Semester (DBS, UCD, TCD)

 

Amount: $3,000

Deadlines

  • Spring Semester & Winter Quarter: September 15
  • Spring Quarter: December 15
  • The application deadline for all FIE scholarships is 11:59 pm GMT 

FIE DUBLIN @ UCD SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS (STEM) SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible Programs:

Dublin

  • University College Dublin, Full Academic Year in a STEM major

 

Amount: $7,000

Deadline: March 15

The application deadline for all FIE scholarships is 11:59 pm GMT 


FIE DUBLIN @ TCD SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible Programs:

Dublin

  • Trinity College Dublin, Full Academic Year 

 

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: March 15

The application deadline for all FIE scholarships is 11:59 pm GMT 


 

FIE AND FEA ACCESS PARTNER SCHOLARSHIP

FIE became a Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Access Partner in 2018, to provide funding for Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019/2020 scholarships. As an Access Partners, FIE has pledged support of up to $5,000 per academic semester to FEA scholarship applicants who are planning to participate on an FIE London, Dublin, or Amman program. Interested FIE students who meet the eligibility requirements must fill out an application on the FEA website. As an applicant, you are automatically considered for all available FEA scholarships (general and dedicated) based on the answers you provide on your application online. Please indicate you plan to study abroad with FIE: Foundation for International Education on your application at:  http://fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants.  

Eligible Programs:

London 2019 

  • Extended Summer Study Program
  • London and Dublin Dual-City
  • Pages, Stages, Scenes, and Screens: British Culture from Shakespeare to Modern Media
  • London Summer Internships
  • Fall Semester
  • Fall Quarter

Dublin 2019

  • Dublin Summer Irish Studies: Business & Culture
  • Dublin Summer Internships
  • London and Dublin Dual-City
  • Fall Semester
  • Trinity College Dublin, Full Academic Year 2019/2010
  • University College Dublin, Full Academic Year 2019/2020

Amman 2019

  • Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East
  • Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East + Arabic Study

 

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: January 7, 2019

The application deadline for the FIE/FEA Access Partner Scholarship is Monday, January 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST.