U.S. undergraduates can receive financial support for study abroad programs worldwide through the new Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program of the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is named after Congressman Ben Gilman (R-NY), the sponsor of legislation that sets aside $ 1.5 million to broaden and increase opportunities for study abroad by undergraduate students who face financial constraints.
Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2002, Gilman International Scholarships will provide up to $ 5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.
The Institute of International Education (IIE), a New York-based non-profit organization, will administer the program through its southern Regional Office in Houston, Texas under a grant from the Bureau. Application forms are available at the Gilman International Scholarship website, www.iie.org/gilman. Additional information is available through IIE’s Southern Regional Office by e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (713) 621-6300 ext.25.