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  1. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities International Study Outreach The 3 F's: Barriers to Study Abroad for Low Income, First-Generation Students

  2. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities The 3 F's: Barriers to Study Abroad for Low Income, First-Generation Students (with credit to Margery Ganz, Spelman College, who originated The 4 F’s)

  3. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities The 3 F's: Family Finances Fear

  4. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities FAMILY AS A BARRIER TO STUDY ABROAD

  5. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • Lack of information about benefits, logistics, relationship to academic program• Safety concerns• Foregone income• Child care (for parents)

  6. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities STRATEGIES FOR WORKING WITH FAMILIES

  7. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • Involve families in scheduled workshops and pre-departure seminars/mailings, as well as listservs• Make available printed materials developed for families for those who are unable to attend campus presentations

  8. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities POINTS TO EMPHASIZE WITH PARENTS

  9. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • Study abroad is affordable and aid is available• There are academic benefits to study abroad• There are professional benefits—students are more competitive in the marketplace

  10. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • International experiences provide personal benefits as well• Single parents do find ways to participate in study abroad!

  11. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES

  12. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Study Abroad: A Parent’s Guide. William Hoffa, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 1998. Available from NAFSA Publications, 800.836.4994.

  13. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Dickinson College Guide for Parents [to Study Abroad], http://www.dickinson.edu/parents/guide/abroad.html“Go Abroad, Save the Excuses,” Black Issues in Higher Education (2001).

  14. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Diversity Issues Abroad, Brown University.http://www.brown.edu/Administration/OIP/pdf_docs/diversity_st_abroad01.pdf.A collection of quotes from Brown University students who have studied abroad about their international experiences.

  15. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Diversity of Experience: Voices of Abroad Participants, University of Pennsylvania. A compilation of student comments from Penn's programs around the world“Study Abroad: A Lifetime of Benefits,” Amy Ruhter McMillan and Gayly Opem, Abroad View, IES, March 2004.(PDF Version)

  16. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Surviving Re-entry: A handbook for parents of study abroad students returning home. School for International Training. http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/parents/reentry.html

  17. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities FINANCING STUDY ABROAD: ATTITUDES AND ASSUMPTIONS

  18. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • Study abroad isn’t affordable.• I’m already using the maximum amount of financial aid.• Study abroad will cost me lost wages that my family and I are counting on.• Study abroad will delay my graduation.

  19. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities FINANCING STUDY ABROAD: IS IT AFFORDABLE?

  20. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Yes. Here are things to keep in mind that affect your ability to afford a study abroad experience:• Type of program and duration• Planning and preparation for the study abroad experience• Knowledge of available resources

  21. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities FINANCING STUDY ABROAD: CHOOSING A PROGRAM

  22. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Cost of a study abroad program will vary with the type and duration of the program. Some questions to consider:• Sponsored Programs• Exchange Programs• Unaffiliated Programs• Short-term v. Semester/Year

  23. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities FINANCING STUDY ABROAD: WHAT WILL IT COST?

  24. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities At most institutions, students will work with your study abroad office and/or your financial aid office to develop a study abroad BUDGET of total costs:• Program Fee*• Transportation to the Departure Site• Accommodations, If Not Included

  25. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • Airfare, If Not Included• Onsite Transportation, If Not Included• Passport and/or Visa Fees• Immunizations• Extra Meals, Snacks and • Beverages Not Included

  26. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • Housing Costs Not Included• Tuition and Fees• Field Trips, If Not Included• Books and Other Educational Supplies

  27. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities FINANCING STUDY ABROAD: USING FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID

  28. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • Develop a cost worksheet• If not already on file, file a FAFSA for the study abroad period, making sure it is the appropriate period of attendance (e.g., is summer study attached to the spring semester or fall semester?)

  29. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • Make sure you are maintaining the enrollment level required for each aid program on your award letter.• Make sure you are aware of whether financial aid for the study abroad period will affect your next semester’s aid.

  30. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • Develop a plan for meeting program payment deadlines that arrive before financial aid is disbursed.

  31. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities FINANCING STUDY ABROAD: OTHER RESOURCES

  32. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Institutional scholarships• Office of Study Abroad or International Studies• Office of Student Affairs/Multicultural Students• Individual departments/academic centers• College/university foundation

  33. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Community resources• Community foundations• Civic organizations• Religious organizations• Principal local/regional employers

  34. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Scholarships for underrepresented studentsBenjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program, http://www.iie.org/gilmanFreeman-Asia Scholarship Program http://www.iie.org/pgms/freeman-asiaRobert B. Bailey Scholarships www.ciee.org/study/scholarships.aspx

  35. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities FINANCING STUDY ABROAD: OTHER RESOURCES

  36. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Studyabroad.comhttp://www.studyabroad.com/forum/financial_aid.htmlFinaid.orghttp://www.finaid.org/otheraid/exchange.phtml

  37. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center External Scholarships Data Basehttp://160.94.154.31/LAC/sch/FMPro?-DB=ISTC_Scholarships.fp5&-Lay=WebForm&-Format=sch_entersearch.html&-Find

  38. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities THE FEAR FACTOR: BARRIERS TO STUDY ABROAD

  39. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities “I’ve never even been out of my state. How can I think about going out of the country?”“I’ve never been on a plane. I think I’d be afraid to fly.”

  40. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities “Study abroad is for other people, you know. It’s too exotic for me.”“I won’t fit in.”“I don’t want to leave my friends.”

  41. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities “How do I know I’ll be safe? Especially after 9/11.”“What if I get sick?”

  42. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities THE FEAR FACTOR: BARRIERS TO STUDY ABROAD

  43. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities The previous statements reflect different kinds ofFEAR:Fear of the unknownFear of inadequacy, not measuring upFear for personal safety

  44. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Responses to those fears:• Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Stepping into the unknown involves some risk but also extraordinary benefit.

  45. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • Low-income, first-generation students already know how to navigate culture shock and cross-cultural transitions! They are ahead of the game.

  46. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • Careful selection of a study abroad program, as well as adherence to all program rules and regulations while abroad, can minimize personal hazards.

  47. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities ERASING THE THREE F’s: WHY LOW INCOME, FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS MUST GO ABROAD

  48. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Students not only can but should because:• Global competency gives individuals, as well as nations, an economic edge in our competitive marketplace

  49. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities • International exchanges boost cultural awareness for all parties and enhance our security • Study, travel and work abroad has a transformational effect on those who participate

  50. Study Abroad Equal Opportunity Programs Students with Disabilities Study abroad has been shown to have a long-term impact on:• Academic attainment• Choice of majors/fields• Career development• Personal and intercultural developmentSource: “Study Abroad: A Lifetime of Benefits,” Amy Ruhter McMillan and Gayly Opem, Abroad View, IES, March 2004.