Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Verrazano Study Abroad Scholarship - Coming Soon!

If you've been thinking about studying abroad, here's another exciting reason to start moving forward on those plans in 2015!  The Center for International Service and The Verrazano School Honors Program have partnered on a new scholarship initiative for Verrazano students.  Starting in Fall 2015, all students in good standing with The Verrazano School Honors Program and who participate in CSI-sponsored study abroad programs will automatically be eligible to receive a Verrazano Honors Study Abroad Scholarship to help defray the cost of participating in a study abroad program!  

Verrazano Honors Study Abroad Scholarships will first be allocated for students who apply during Fall 2015 for Winter or Spring 2016 programs. Verrazano students who participate in summer or winter CSI-sponsored study abroad programs will receive $500, and students who participate in CSI-sponsored semester-long programs will receive $1000.  This includes CSI faculty-led programs, CSI programs, and CSI Exchange Ambassador Programs.

Our goal is to increase the number of Verrazano graduates who participate in a study abroad experience.  Studying abroad helps you explore your academic interests, develop professional goals, strengthen communication and problem-solving abilities, interact with people from different cultures, improve your language skills, experience personal growth, and gain new perspective.  It can, and probably will, change your life.  Get out there and explore the world!


Center for International Service and Verrazano staff members


Eligibility Criteria:

In order to receive the Verrazano Honors Study Abroad Scholarship, Verrazano students must:

·       Be in good standing with The Verrazano School Honors Program.

·       Have been a member of The Verrazano School Honors Program for at least two semesters.

·       Complete their yearly VELA and community service requirements before participating in the study abroad program.

·       Apply for the CSI-sponsored study abroad program by the posted application deadline.

·       Notify The Verrazano School Honors Program of their application for a CSI-sponsored study abroad program.



FAQs:

How can I learn more about study abroad options?

CSI offers many wonderful study abroad opportunities for students.  To learn more, visit the Center for International Service website, attend a study abroad info session, attend a study abroad VELA, read about student experiences on the Verrazano Voyager and Dolphins Across the Seven Seas, or go to study abroad advising hours in 2A-206.  You can never start the planning process too early!


How do I know if the program I plan to apply for is a CSI-sponsored program?

You can first check the Center for International Service website to see the list of study abroad opportunities offered directly through CSI.  If you’re still not sure, contact the Verrazano office (718-982-4171) or a study abroad advisor in the Center for International Service (718-982-2100) to confirm the program’s eligibility for the scholarship.



How do I know if I’m eligible to receive the Verrazano Honors Study Abroad Scholarship?

Eligibility requirements are listed above.  However, if you’d like to confirm your good standing in The Verrazano School Honors Program and be sure that your VELA and community service requirements have been completed before participating, you can check with the Verrazano office (718-982-4171).



How will I know that I’ve been approved to receive the Verrazano Honors Study Abroad Scholarship?

As long as you’re in good standing, you’ll be approved!  Your study abroad program bill will be credited either $500 for winter/summer programs or $1000 for semester-long programs.



Can I receive the Verrazano Honors Study Abroad Scholarship more than one time?  

No, students can only receive this scholarship one time.  However, you’re encouraged to study abroad again if you’re bitten by the travel bug!

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