There’s only one thing…

… I love more than traveling, studying abroad, international exposure, etc.  And that is traveling, studying abroad, international exposure, etc. for FREE. Sometimes it isn’t even whether I’d like for it to be free or not – sometime’s the “free” is a prerequisite.  My summers in high school were filled with summer programs that were at no-cost to me or my parents. Now, my programs were at the University of Virgina and another at Carleton College outside of Minneapolis, but what if you had the chance to go to a program in London for free?? I know cost is one of the primary reasons many people don’t even seek out study abroad programs or even go on international vacations – but what if the cost factor was eliminated? Now what’s holding you back? The Fulbright Commission has two special programmes in the United Kingdom this summer – at no cost to the participants (they even pay for airfare!). Here are the qualifications and details:

  • U.S. Citizen at least 18 years old,
  • High School graduate but have completed no more than 2 years of college coursework (i.e. freshmen, sophomores or recent high school grads),
  • Program pays for round-trip airfare, fees to the university, daily food allowance (!!), housing, visa processing
  • Program open to students of all majors and courses of study,
  • Application deadlines are May 3 and May 14 (You still have plenty of time to apply)

Seriously, all you have to pay for is your passport (hopefully you already have one!).  And then you can Vai Via.  There are two separate programs: one at Roehampton University and the other at Newcastle University.  It doesn’t mention anywhere on the website that you can only apply for one or the other so I would definitely apply for both! If you need help with your application or don’t know where to start, I’m more than willing to help you out or give you some ideas.  I checked out the application and one of the options for the essay is “Describe a non-material thing that makes you happy.” Even if you don’t apply for the program, that’s definitely something to think about. 🙂

Here is the link to the programs: Fulbright  Special Programmes – Summer Institutes

If you or someone you know would be interested in applying, please forward the info – and let me know!

P.S. Did I mention this is a Fulbright program? Fulbright is an awesome organization to be a part of and I’m sure you will become a lot more familiar with Fulbright if you stick around the blog.

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