I didn't study abroad in Asia, technically. I taught English at a university in southern China, but my eight months there were some of the most culturally interesting, personally enriching, and life changing of all my travels abroad.
While I'm all for any kind of study abroad destination, studying abroad in Asia is particularly promising because the numerous scholarship and grant opportunities that exist to support students in their adventures in the land left of the international date line. The Freeman-Asia scholarship program, part of the Institute for International Education, is a great program that helps increase study abroad participation in Asia, which is typically underrepresentented in the geographic distribution of study abroad student.
The deadlines are fast approaching. University office and study abroad providers should be pushing this info out on all their web and social media channels. Let's get some deserving young people to Asia!
Freeman-ASIA provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Award amounts range from a maximum of $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to a maximum of $7,000 for an academic year program.
Student Application Deadline - April 1, 2011
Adviser Endorsement Deadline - April 8, 2011
For more information, eligibility requirements, and the online application, please visit: http://www.iie.org/freeman-asia
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
U.S. Student Programs
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3580