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Foreign countries have long been popular study destinations for U.S. undergraduates. But many would-be globetrotters are dissuaded from studying abroad because of its high price tag, which usually includes travel and living expenses, tuition, fees, and administrative costs. To make international study more affordable, the Institute of International Education provides students with financial assistance.

The Institute directs the well-known Fulbright program for graduate students and professionals interested in international study. But it also administers dozens of other programs for undergraduates interested in studying overseas. Among them are the following, all of which require applicants to be U.S. citizens:

* The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship is a need-based award of up to $20,000 per academic year. The nearly 200 current students in the program, which helps undergraduates gain experience in countries that are crucial to our national security, selected host countries that include Cuba, India, Jordan, Kenya, and Russia. Awards are for the semester, summer, or full academic year, and each carries a poststudy service requirement. Applications are due in February, although campus deadlines may be earlier. For more information, contact the National Security Education Program, David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships, Institute of International Education, 1400 K St. NW., Washington, DC 20005-2403; 1 (800) 618-NSEP (6737);

* The Freeman Awards for Study In Asia (Freeman-ASIA) Program aims to increase the number of Americans studying in East and Southeast Asia with fixed-amount awards of $7,000 per academic year, $5,000 per semester, or $3,000 per summer term. Recipients study in 1 of 15 countries, which include Hong Kong, Japan, Mongolia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Awardees must complete a poststudy service requirement to promote study abroad and submit a final report on their experiences. Application deadlines are in March (for the summer term), April (fall semester and full academic year), and November (spring semester). For more information, contact the Freeman Awards for Study In Asia, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580; (212) 984-5542;

* The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program seeks to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad--especially those whom financial need might preclude from doing so. The need-based, $5,000 maximum award per semester or academic year is available only to current Pell Grant recipients and requires that returning scholarship beneficiaries create a followup project to promote international study. Host countries chosen by the 179 recipients for the 2002 fall semester and 2002-03 academic year include Brazil, the Czech Republic, Ghana, Norway, and Singapore. Application deadlines are in April (for the fall semester and full academic year) and October (spring semester). For more information, contact the Gilman International Scholarship Program, Institute of International Education, 515 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 150, Houston, TX 77027-9407; 1 (888) 887-5939, ext. 25 (tollfree) or (713) 621-6300, ext. 25;
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Title Annotation:Institute of International Education provides financial assistance
Publication:Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2003
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