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    APRIL 13, 2006
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New study-abroad funding for undergrads available for spring ’07

For Temple undergraduates hoping to study abroad, the menu of places to go just got a lot more varied — and a lot more affordable.

Temple recently received a three-year, $150,000 grant from the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) Foundation to encourage Temple undergraduate students with financial need to study abroad.

The grant has allowed Temple’s International Programs office to create a new Global Scholarships program that will annually award students $50,000 in increments of $2,000 to $5,000 for a semester or a year of study outside the United States.

“We must ensure that Temple students are prepared personally and academically to become competent global citizens; this grant will help us achieve that goal,” said Robert J. Reinstein, vice president for international programs and dean of the Beasley School of Law.

The scholarships funded by the IFSA Foundation grant are earmarked for Temple undergraduates participating in study-abroad programs run by other colleges and universities.

“Temple University’s study-abroad programs in Rome, Tokyo, London and elsewhere are wonderful and affordable, but they don’t even begin to address the wide range of interests of our diverse student body,” said Denise Connerty, director of International Programs at Temple.

“We’re seeing ever-increasing numbers of Temple students exploring study abroad, and they want to go all over the world. They don’t want to be restricted.”

The new Global Scholarship program will help address another restriction: cost.

“We applied for the IFSA Foundation grant in part because we saw a void in our scholarship options for Temple students who participated in programs sponsored by other institutions, which can be more expensive,” said Barbara Gorka, associate director of International Programs.

So far, Temple students have applied for Global Scholarships to help fund participation in study abroad programs in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Ghana, India, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. (See box for more information about eligibility and how to apply.)

“We’re delighted that applicants really are exploring some nontraditional study-abroad destinations,” Gorka said.

The IFSA Foundation was established in 2004 to assist the continuing advancement of international education through direct and indirect support of study abroad by undergraduate students from U.S. colleges and universities.

Temple was one of 13 institutions awarded a grant in the fall 2006 grant cycle.

The foundation awards grants twice a year.

- By Hillel J. Hoffmann

How to apply for a Global Scholarship
Global Scholarship candidates must be full-time Temple undergraduates and U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have at least a 3.0 grade-point average, demonstrate financial need and plan to study abroad for a semester or academic year.

The International Programs staff can help match eligible undergraduates with appropriate non-Temple study-abroad programs. According to Barbara Gorka, associate director of International Programs, selection committees will be looking for students who choose a country and program that allows them to make connections between their studies at Temple and abroad, and who provide the most compelling rationale for studying abroad.

The deadline for spring 2007 Global Scholarships is Oct. 15. Application materials and more information are available at Temple’s International Programs office, 200 Tuttleman Learning Center, 1809 N. 13th St. or from its Web site at www.temple.edu/studyabroad.