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Old 10-25-2018, 03:54 AM
 
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Yes, it's clear that such an education can't be cheap because it requires so many expenses from a student and his parents... Anyway, there are some ways to study abroad for free, and all of them are related to this or that form of financial help from universities themselves, a country, and private or public funds.
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Old 10-25-2018, 05:18 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Yes, it's clear that such an education can't be cheap because it requires so many expenses from a student and his parents... Anyway, there are some ways to study abroad for free, and all of them are related to this or that form of financial help from universities themselves, a country, and private or public funds.


No, you can't study abroad for free. Nothing in college is free.
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Old 10-25-2018, 12:53 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Public funds? Why should the public fund your summer abroad?

Your question would occasionally come up in the university language program, where I used to work. The answer was always, that you have to beat the bushes yourself, for private funding sources. Resourceful students in the past have managed to wheedle a sponsorship out of their local Elks Lodge (do those still exist?) or a Rotary chapter, and that kind of thing. Are you currently working part-time? If not, you could get a job, and pay for it yourself.

If you're going to approach those community or business organizations, you'd have to come up with a reason for them to sponsor you. You'd have to give them a Powerpoint show when you return, for example. You'd have to convince them, that the summer abroad will help you with your career goals, whatever they are: the foreign language skills, or the EU politico-economic study program, are key to your job goals, for example.

No one's going to throw major money at a kid, just to have fun in a foreign country for a summer. You need a good pitch.
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Old 10-25-2018, 08:35 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Google is your friend:

https://www.valuecolleges.com/intern...ree-education/

Just brush up on your German, French, Swedish, Czech, or Portuguese
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:24 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Public funds? Why should the public fund your summer abroad?

Your question would occasionally come up in the university language program, where I used to work. The answer was always, that you have to beat the bushes yourself, for private funding sources. Resourceful students in the past have managed to wheedle a sponsorship out of their local Elks Lodge (do those still exist?) or a Rotary chapter, and that kind of thing. Are you currently working part-time? If not, you could get a job, and pay for it yourself.

If you're going to approach those community or business organizations, you'd have to come up with a reason for them to sponsor you. You'd have to give them a Powerpoint show when you return, for example. You'd have to convince them, that the summer abroad will help you with your career goals, whatever they are: the foreign language skills, or the EU politico-economic study program, are key to your job goals, for example.

No one's going to throw major money at a kid, just to have fun in a foreign country for a summer. You need a good pitch.
Those programs still won't even come close to funding a study abroad program. There is NOTHING cheap about that. I tried to do it 15 years ago and it was expensive then.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:31 PM
 
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Rhodes Scholarship program had been around for a long time.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:36 PM
 
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Yes. There are programs in some fields where the semester abroad is funded by the sponsoring agency. The ones I've seen are science research related. The competition is stiff for these.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:43 PM
 
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You can probably take out student loans but those aren't free. You have to pay them back.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:45 PM
 
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My kid did it. Got a scholarship from the college for a summer semester abroad. Tuition and housing was paid for by the scholarship, but we had to pay for transportation and food. Several of these scholarships are given each year. Usually, study abroad programs during the regular school year cover the tuition part of the expenses, that is the domestic tuition covers the partnering foreign university tuition. The student is often responsible for room and board, as well as travel expenses.
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Old Yesterday, 05:34 AM
 
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My kid did it. Got a scholarship from the college for a summer semester abroad. Tuition and housing was paid for by the scholarship, but we had to pay for transportation and food. Several of these scholarships are given each year. Usually, study abroad programs during the regular school year cover the tuition part of the expenses, that is the domestic tuition covers the partnering foreign university tuition. The student is often responsible for room and board, as well as travel expenses.
Room and board and travel expenses are still unaffordable for a lot of students. Studying abroad is a racket and basically only for the wealthy.
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