The process to research, plan, and prepare for a semester study abroad program is a long one, so we recommend that you start at least one year prior to your program start date and no less than 6 months prior.
Before you travel you must register with the SAGE office 30 days in advance
|Wayne Bart||Dean of Students OSC||Academic Advisor||(407) 582-4353|
|Martie Berrios Garcia||Dean of Students EAC||Academic Advisor||(407) 582-2323|
|Jenniffer Fernandez Toribio||Exec Dean's Office PNC||Student Services Advisor||(407) 582-6063|
|Shari Hamilton||Dean of Students OSC||Coord, Program Advisor||(407) 582-4356|
|Fontella Jones||Dean of Students WEC||Counselor|
|Mike Sanchez||Dean of Students WPK||Coord, Program Advisor||(407) 582-6526|
Please note due to the current global pandemic, the SAGE Office is not offering semester abroad scholarships until spring 2022.
The SAGE Office has scholarship funding from the Valencia Foundation and Student Development to help offset the costs of study abroad. You must submit a separate application for semester study abroad. Awards range from $1,000 to $3,500 depending upon the number of applicants, the contents of your application, and the amount of scholarship dollars available for the current academic year.
Finding the money to support a semester study abroad program can be challenging for some. The first step in the process is to create a budget. Use the Budget Worksheet for Study Abroad form to help you. If you are applying for a SAGE scholarship or plan on using your financial aid, this is a required form.
Recent changes in federal law have made it possible for students to use some or all of their federal financial aid for semester study abroad. Full-time, Valencia students who are eligible for Financial Aid can use these funds for study abroad programs that award academic credit and grades counted towards your cumulative GPA for study. Eligibility is determined by the type of study abroad program you attend, as well as the type of financial aid you receive. Only students earning a degree at Valencia are eligible. It is important that you begin this process at least one year prior to your program start date. Any program for which you will not receive transfer credits or grades is not eligible for any financial aid funds. Financial aid can be used to support summer study, as long as you are enrolled for academic credit and you meet all other requirements.
For semester programs, check with your academic advisor to ensure that the courses you are going to take will transfer back to Valencia. You will need to fill out the Course Pre-Approval and Consortium Agreement Form for Study Abroad before you go. These forms will be required when you meet with the Financial Aid Services Department.
NOTE: You cannot use financial aid for study abroad after you graduate from Valencia! It is important to meet with a Financial Aid Services advisor prior to accepting any scholarship money to determine if it will affect your overall financial aid package. Take your budget and the course approval forms to your Financial Aid Services advisor for him or her to review to determine your eligibility. Eligibility is determined by the type of program you attend, as well as the type of financial aid you receive.
|Financial Aid Funding Source||Valencia Study Abroad||Affiliate Study Abroad|
|Federal Pell Grant||YES||YES|
|Federal Stafford Loans||YES||YES|
|Federal PLUS Loans||YES||YES|
|Valencia Student Development Funding||YES||NO|
|Valencia SAGE Grants||YES||NO|
|Gilman International Scholarship Program||YES||YES|
|David L. Boren Scholarships||NO||YES|
|Florida Student Assistance Grant||YES||NO|
|Florida Bright Futures||YES||NO|
For more information, check out the following resources:
The Institute of International Education announced the launch of Generation Study Abroad, a five-year campaign to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. Their goal is to have 600,000 U.S. students studying abroad in credit and non-credit programs.
The Gilman Scholarship offers awards up to $5,000 to study abroad to U.S. citizen undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities. Students studying a Critical Need Language may receive a $3,000 supplement for a total possible award of $8,000.
NOTE: For your application and essay, please be sure to include the following details IF they apply to you.
Each year, more than $600,000 in scholarships, grants and financial support is awarded to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs. AIFS is the first study abroad organization to become a committed partner of Generation Study Abroad and are now offering Generation Study Abroad Scholarships for semester and summer programs.
If you have a Florida Prepaid College program, you can use those funds to pay for the regular tuition rate for a study abroad course. These funds cannot be used for any additional program costs or lab fees.
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.
The College Consortium for International Studies offers scholarships each term to students at CCIS member institutions. Valencia maintains a membership to CCIS. If you are participating in a CCIS Program, contact the Study Abroad Office for CCIS Scholarship information.
Scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level intensive summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) State Programs, within the Florida Department of Education, administers a variety of postsecondary educational state-funded grants and scholarships, and provides information to students, parents, and high school and postsecondary professionals.
Open to undergraduate students to study in East and Southeast Asia. Fall, Spring and Summer cycles. Awards amounts vary from $3,000 for summer term $5,000 for semester and $7,000 for academic year programs.
Over $8 Million in scholarships for Hispanic study abroad. The HSAS Scholarship offers $1,000 per semester to students whose college or university is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and are attending Global Learning Semesters programs.
The Rotary Club offers ambassadorial scholarships for students and grants for university professors. These programs can change the lives of those who participate. Through these programs, participants can travel on cultural exchanges, or help a community through a service project.
This Scholarship Bulletin Board offers students information on available scholarships. Scholarship advertisements include application requirements, locations of applications, and specific deadlines.
The School for International Training and World Learning offer a variety of study abroad scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000. Awards are based on need, merit, and the inclusion of students from a variety of institutions, from across the U.S. and from around the world. Most scholarship funds are available for semester or summer programs.
Financial aid for undergraduate study abroad consists mainly of federal grants and federal and private loans. However, scholarship money is also available from organizations and sponsoring companies. You likely have many questions about the cost of studying abroad and about how you can fund your abroad experience. Be sure to speak with your campus financial aid officer and study abroad adviser to learn more about specific funding options available at—and required procedures for—your college or university.
Additional Scholarship Information
Valencia College does not offer its own semester study abroad programs, so it is up to students to identify a program provider. The following are some resources to assist you in this search.
It is important to note that you MUST select a program provider that will issue a transcript from an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States. This means you must choose a U.S. institution with a campus abroad or a foreign institution that issues credits through a partnering accredited U.S. institution. Valencia will not approve or accept foreign credits. Furthermore, if credits are issued by a foreign institution, you will not have access to financial aid.