Visit the IIEPassport to help you search for the appropriate study abroad program or internship for you. You can use this online searchable database by searching for specific criteria, such as country, language, and field of study. The database will gather a list of programs that may interest you and will provide you basic information for you to contact the programs of your interest.
Once you've found a few programs that interest you, consult with your institution's study abroad advisor. Most universities and colleges have a designated study abroad advisor who can assist you with choosing the right program for you, and ensure you will receive academic credit for the program abroad. If you do not have a designated study abroad advisor on your campus, then an academic advisor may be able to assist you with the process of receiving institution approval to get academic credit for the courses you take abroad. Your campus may also have a career services office. Staff there could assist you with identifying international internship opportunities that fit your professional aspirations.
If you need assistance, please contact the Gilman Scholarship Program:
In addition to your home institution's study abroad advisor, below are some resources to assist you with your preparations to go abroad. It is in your best interest to review all the regulations and requirements regarding your departure from the U.S. and your entry into your host country.
- U.S. Department of State - The U.S. Department of State offers knowledgeable and practical advice to U.S. citizens who are traveling abroad, as well as information regarding dangerous regions or countries that either U.S. citizens are urged not to travel to or visit.
- A Student Guide to Study Abroad - Writen by three leading study abroad experts, "A Student Guide to Study Abroad" offers the most comprehensive advice available. Learn helpful steps to prepare to go abroad, tips to maximize your experience abroad, and ways to utilize and articulate your skills gained abroad when you return. Gilman Scholarship recipients are quoted in the book and provide valuable tips based on their experiences abroad.
Tips for Students
Online Registration with U.S. Embassies Abroad
Links to U.S. Embassies Abroad
Applying for your U.S. Passport
Emergencies and Crises
Resources for Students with Disabilities
- Mobility International USA – Empowers people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.
- National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange – A comprehensive, one-stop resource for people with disabilities interested in study, work, intern, volunteer, research or teach abroad programs.
Visit Study Abroad Funding to assist you with searching for other study abroad scholarships. This searchable online database of study abroad scholarships is available to all students and persons interested in studying and traveling outside the U.S.
Other Scholarships available to U.S. Students:
U.S. Fulbright Student Program - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Annual Deadline: October. Contact: 212-984-5330
Boren Scholarships & Fellowships - Funding from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) supports U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East . Up to $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students depending on cost and length of program. Annual Deadline: January for graduate students, February for undergraduates. Contact: email@example.com ; 1-800-618-NSEP
The Language Flagship - Funding from NSEP provides two year intensive, advanced level training in Arabic, Central Asian Turkic languages, Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, Korean, Persian/Farsi, and Central Asian Languages. Fellowships available to qualified applicants. Annual Deadline: January. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org ; 1-800-618-NSEP
The Critical Language Scholarship Program - A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive overseas summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages. The CLS Program institutes cover approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework during a seven- to ten-week program, and are designed to meet the needs of students from a variety of language levels and backgrounds. Annual application deadline: mid-November. Contact: email@example.com.
Turkish Coalition of America - The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) is an educational, charitable organization incorporated in February 2007. Based in the nation’s capital, one of TCA’s objective is to foster friendship, understanding and cooperation between the United States and Turkey. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org ; 202-370-1399