The Best Ways to Study Abroad
Study Abroad For Free With These Great Scholarships
Studying abroad can be an amazing experience, however it can also be quite expensive. Like any other kind of education though, there are scholarships to be had. If you're interested in learning a foreign language while living abroad - particularly something that's in demand - then you may want to take a look at some of the following scholarships that will help ease the financial burden.
The first is the Critical Language Scholarship offered by the United States Government. Offered once a year, the US Government gives financial assistance to those studying languages that are of particular interest to them, such as Arabic and Chinese. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, however it is only open to those who are currently enrolled in a degree program in the United States. It also only focuses on summer programs. Still it's an excellent thing to try out for, particularly for those who want to study abroad without it cutting into their regular studies during the semester.
Second, in a similar vein is the Boren Awards Scholarship. This is only available for current undergraduates, but it offers a bit more flexibility in when you can study, as opposed to the Critical Language Scholarship. The Boren Awards are also for in demand languages that are important in matters of USA security. However you are not restricted to summer programs - though summer scholarships are available only for STEM students, there are scholarships available at other times of the year for students from all backgrounds. In fact, preference is given to those who plan to study abroad for a year or longer.
If you're interested in studying Mandarin Chinese, a great scholarship to check out is the Hanyu Enrichment Scholarship from Taiwan. It gives around 850 USD to students each month to cover living expenses while studying in Taiwan. This is not much, but the good thing about the Hanyu Enrichment Scholarship is that you do not need to be a current student to get it. You can apply for a Taiwanese University's Chinese program independently (meaning, not as part of an exchange program) and apply for the HES after that. For more information, check your local TECO (Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office) location.
Learning languages and intercultural communication is becoming more and more important. Still with a bit of help, you can learn a new language and have exciting experiences abroad without heavy costs.
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