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A Guide to Study Abroad Scholarships & Financial Aid 2018

If you have your sights set on spending your sweet summertime abroad, then you’ve found the right program. We’re headed to 9 European cities and 5 countries at the end of June. Want to join but are tight on funds? Let us help you get there!

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Trust us when we say that there is a ton of study abroad scholarships out there, it just needs to be claimed. Here is a complete resource guide that you can use to fund Forum Europe Summer 2018:

1) The Forum-Nexus Scholarship Program

This new scholarship program was launched to give highly motivated students the chance to study abroad, no matter their financial situation. For our final round of March scholarships, we’re awarding 12 study abroad scholarships between $500-$5,000 to students from the U.S. and other countries.

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be accepted into the Forum Europe Summer 2018 program, session A1
  • Be currently enrolled at a college/university
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Receive financial aid at your home institution

The final deadline to apply is March 31. Be one of our 12 recipients! More information here.

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2) The Forum-Nexus Assistantship Program

It feels like an internship, but the trade-off is a scholarship instead of course credit, and less academic-based activities.

How it works: Students get to be a part of our summer team by working directly with Forum-Nexus staff and faculty in exchange for a tuition-reduction scholarship. The program typically involves 150 hours to be completed before, during, and after the summer. Student Assistants (SAs) typically receive a tuition-reduction scholarship of  $1,500. It’s the most fun and rewarding program we offer!

Details about the requirements and the application process are available here.

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3) The Forum-Nexus Refer-A-Friend Program

Calling all creative and entrepreneurial applicants – this program is for you! Students can offset program costs by successfully referring other students to Forum-Nexus.*

You can refer:

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Classmates
  • Fraternity brothers/sorority sisters
  • Dormmates
  • Fellow organization members
    The list goes on!

Best part? Each additional referral earns you more $. Check out the discount here.
*Note that referral discounts are awarded when a student officially enrolls in the program.

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4) Financial Aid from your University

Good news: In most cases, you will be able to use financial aid from your university (merit or need-based scholarships or grants) toward the costs of a Forum-Nexus program. We recommend talking with your financial aid advisor to learn about the policies and requirements at your school. If you have any questions, contact us for help.

5) Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education

So you need a little extra funding – no worries! FYI: You may have the option to apply for Federal Student Aid from the U.S. Department of Education (aka FAFSA) to help pay for a Forum-Nexus summer. One of our partner institutions, Franklin University Switzerland, is also accredited in the U.S. and can be referenced for this process. Get more details here.

For further information, visit the Financial Aid office of your school and review the FAFSA web page.

6) Crowdfunding

If you’re on social media, you know that crowdfunding is a trendy and effective way to raise money. Let your family, friends, and followers know about your dream to study abroad! We guarantee that they will be more than willing to help.

Start by crafting your story; make it compelling and memorable. You can make a short video explaining why you want to study abroad or give them a glimpse of what Forum-Nexus is all about.

Sites to help you get started: GoFundMe, KickStarter, or fundmytravel.

7) Other Funding/Scholarship Options

Bonus: We accept most forms of external funding and scholarships!

There are numerous organizations that offer $$$ to help students cover the expenses of their study abroad experience. We recommend looking for funding opportunities on the following sites:

If you need additional information or guidance to complete any of these scholarship applications, please contact us at info@forum-nexus.com.

Happy applying, and best of luck in your study abroad scholarship hunt!

 

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Paris is My Kind of Place

My favorite city that I visited during this past summer abroad with Forum-Nexus was definitely Paris. At heart, I was born to live in a city and it took me going on this trip to realize that, after visiting such a wide array of cities. My summer abroad helped me discover that I really love people; people are what make the world go round.

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The second I visited the Eiffel Tower, I knew Paris was the place for me. When I say this, I mean that literally on the bus ride to the Eiffel, I knew it would be my kind of place. I was supposed to go to London for the weekend, but I decided to cancel it because I didn’t want to spend another second away from my favorite city.

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Everything was perfect for me in Paris. I loved how pretty much everything was relatively modern in style, which is very appealing to me. Paris was beautiful in that although it has a lot of history, it wasn’t old in appearance and everything was well maintained. This is in direct opposition to a city like Rome. Don’t get me wrong, Rome was awesome, in that I love Roman history, so it was great to see everything in real life and not in a textbook. However, I really didn’t like how most of the buildings looked too old for my taste. I will most likely visit the city again (just because it’s a city), but I could never live there.

Courtesy of Jacob C.

Courtesy of Jacob C.

The locals of Paris are even more interesting than the city itself (and also the Louvre is my favorite museum of all time – like what?! How do you make something that awesome? I could picture myself going there at least once a month as a local). For these people, it is normal to buy a bottle of red wine, and then have a picnic with friends right after work along the canals or next to the Eiffel Tower…what?! In addition to this, anyone can tell that it is also a busy city, just based on how fast people walk. If you were to simply walk around the city, you could see that people have places to be in the morning (everyone was dressed so nice too by the way) and I love that. I love cities where it has, for lack of a better word, a chill vibe, and yet you would be kept busy from work. The way I see it, Barcelona is a very chill city (my second favorite city of all time), which is something I love about it. On the other hand, Milan is all work and no play. Paris is the perfect blend of the two cities, and is quite possibly where I will end up. By the way, if you didn’t know this, they also have the best healthcare system in the entire world and I want to end up somewhere in the medical field when I grow up.

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Courtesy of Jacob C.

Paris is literally the perfect city for me, offering everything I could ever want. In addition, it is in the perfect geographical location in Europe as well, with me being able to visit my other favorite city (Barcelona) on the left, and being able to visit the entirety of Italy on the right. Long story short, I want to end up here.

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By: Jacob  C., FN ’17 alumni