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Anyone else interested in international education? I received a national scholarship!

Hi! I'm an ALB student and current recipient of the Gilman Scholarship. This is a scholarship managed by the Institute of International Education and sponsored by the US Department of State for low-income Pell Grant recipients to study abroad. I won't dive too much into the specifics but I mostly share this because it's such a great feeling to put HES on the map! Non-traditional and distance students are an underrepresented group in school as a whole, let alone international education, so I hope this post stirs a conversation for those who desire to support or incorporate an exchange program in their degree and represent the HES abroad.

While this forum is not at all representative of the entirety of the HES, I'm looking to gauge and see if it's worth starting a study abroad initiative for us. Are any of you interested in studying abroad? My aim is to carve a specific part of the website dedicated to international education* to highlight specific programs, a database of scholarships, a blog, webinars (with the help of CARC), and some "peer advisors" from students who've successfully completed an exchange program in the past. Right now the only thing mentioning study abroad is a small section amid other non-study abroad opportunities on the website.

Because of family or other work responsibilities, there are only a handful of students in the HES as a whole who actually move forward with an exchange program. But I still want to make it an option for those who want to move forward with a program in the future. From someone who recently had to go through the arduous process of applying again and again, a more standardized and transparent process as well as resources would really help future students.

* I want this to be different from Harvard Summer since there are plenty of opportunities to study abroad throughout other parts of the year, not just the summer. I didn't go through Harvard Summer under my scholarship or program.
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