Study Abroad Scholarships and Opportunities
HACU recently signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) to help students with study abroad scholarships. Both MOUs will work to reduce the gap in Hispanic participation in study abroad programs. Hispanic students study abroad at about half the rate of all college students due to issues related to actual and perceived affordability, limited awareness and home institution capabilities.
American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
The new AIFS-HACU program will provide scholarships of up to 50% of the full program fee to study at Richmond, the American International University in London, England. The student will become part of a special internship program where they will be placed with an international company in their field of interest to gain work experience. The program is available during the summer and both fall and spring semesters.
Global Learning Semesters, Inc.
The new partnership between HACU and Global Learning Semesters, Inc. will address the root causes of the gap in study abroad participation.
1. Financial Support: Global Learning Semesters has committed to making available over $8M in scholarships during the next 10 years to HACU students through the Hispanic Study Abroad Scholars program and to working with HACU on Special Initiatives to further increase available scholarship funds. The University of Alcala in Spain has generously agreed to be the first Special Initiative partner.
2. Capacity Building: Global Learning Semesters is making its expertise in study abroad office administration available to HACU member institutions through training seminars and free use of its patent-pending software for study abroad office administration. This capacity building initiative will make it more affordable and feasible for HACU schools to administer a best practice study abroad office.
3. Program Development: HACU and Global Learning Semesters have formed an Advisory Council to guide the development of Global Learning Semesters’s study abroad programs in Latin America focused on issues important to Hispanic students.
The Hispanic Study Abroad Scholarship will be available to students attending HACU member institutions for a 10 year period starting with the Spring Semester 2007. Students or Advisors interested in applying for the scholarship programs should visit: www.StudyAbroadScholars.org or call (877) 300-7010, ext. 6. University Administrators or Advisors interested in participating in the Hispanic Global Alliance should complete the registration form at: www.HispanicGlobalAlliance.org.