Thursday, June 29, 2017

Studying abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences for a college student. By studying abroad, students have the opportunity to study in a foreign nation and take in the allure and culture of a new land. Here is a list of the top 10 reasons to study abroad!

1. See the World
The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

In addition, when you’re abroad, you won’t be limited to traveling in just the nation in which you are studying – you can see neighboring countries as well! For example, if you study in France, you’ll have the option to travel through various parts of Europe including London , Barcelona , and Rome.

Checkout our International Student Travel Center for information on how to find discounts on airfare, accommodations, rail passes, and more.

2. Education
Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad
Scholarship support  is the most tangible expression of the UI’s commitment to increasing the number of students who study/conduct research abroad.  Study Abroad expects to disburse more than $500,000 in scholarships/grants this year.

There are a variety of different scholarships and need-based grants are available to students studying abroad for a semester/academic year and for students studying abroad during the summer/winter sessions (or other short periods of time). We encourage you to apply for any awards for which you are eligible!  Additionally, there are diversity and other UI scholarships, and several, significant external awards that support study abroad.
The University of Iowa is committed to increasing the number of undergraduate students who study/conduct research abroad. UI students are encouraged to step through doors opened by the University to the larger world, to experience other cultures directly.

Friday, June 23, 2017

1. Architecture
For visitors and residents alike, Nuremberg’s beautiful architecture is part of what gives the city its charm.
Although a lot of the city’s medieval buildings were heavily damaged or destroyed during World War II, a large number of them have been restored to their original appearances.
Rest assured, you’ll never be short of Instagram material if you study abroad in Nuremberg.
2. Work experience opportunities

Nuremberg is a hub for high-tech and industrial innovation, and it’s the economic centre of Northern Bavaria.

Both lively start-ups and large multinational companies have offices in Nuremberg – so it’s a great place to gain work experience during your studies.

International students can work in Germany, but definitely ask your university about the latest regulations before you start applying for jobs.

3. History

Nuremberg is an ancient city with history dating back to 1050.

In fact, the first recorded mention of the city was in an official document by Henry III as ‘Nourenberc’ (rocky mountain).

Over the centuries that followed, it grew in size and influence to become an important site for trade in Europe.

More recently, from the Nuremberg Trials to the Nuremberg Rallies – the city played an significant role in World War II.

Famous for carnival, dancing and football, Brazil is also a top destination for students wanting to spend as little money as possible on their studies. Public universities, which are more prestigious and offer a higher quality of teaching than their private counterparts, offer free tuition to international students and only charge a small registration fee at the beginning of the course.

In order to secure a place, students need to take a test, competing against thousands of Brazilian students. Knowledge of Portuguese is another requirement, which can be demonstrated by completing the CELPE-Bras – the only certificate for Portuguese that is recognised in Brazil.

If you do manage to be accepted, you are eligible for the same funding options available to Brazilian students.

2. Germany

study for free - Germany
Whether you want to explore the hip corners of Berlin or study in a quaint town in the German countryside, you’ll find a place that suits your needs. The country’s higher education system has a strong reputation and, most importantly, tuition is FREE of charge.

All you have to pay is a fee of around €100 (£75) to €250 (£185) per semester, which covers administrational costs as well as the work of the student union.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Certain distinctions and differences can become sources of cultural shock and cultural misunderstandings that can lead a student to inhibit adaptation and adjustment. For example, A key requirement in many foreign institutions is participation. Failure to participate in the classroom with faculty can be a serious obstacle to academic success and if it is coupled with the view that professors are to be held in awe, then the problem can be reflected in the grades given for class participation. Lack of participation can be interpreted by faculty as failure to learn the course content or disinterest in the topic.

Some of the identified distinctions are:

Semester system has three models, they are (1) the semester system comprising two terms, one in fall and one in winter/spring (summer term is not required); (2) the trimester system comprising three terms that includes summer (one of these terms can be a term of vacation); and (3) the quarter system comprising the four terms of fall, winter, spring, and summer, and in which the student can choose one of them to take as a vacation.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The University of Iowa offers various scholarships each year to outstanding undergraduate students based on financial need, academic merit, or both.
The University of Iowa offers various scholarships each year to outstanding undergraduate students based on financial need, academic merit, or both. Merit-based scholarships from the Office of Admissions do not stack. If a student meets the minimum requirements for multiple awards, they will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest dollar value. Receiving a merit scholarship may not disqualify students from also receiving need-based grants or loans offered through the UI Office of Student Financial Aid, depending upon the amount of demonstrated financial need. Please see the Scholarship and Grant Policies for information on awarding of the scholarships at the University of Iowa.

First year students who do not meet the March 1 application deadline will not be considered for merit-based scholarships.

Some students may anticipate participating in intercollegiate athletics at the University of Iowa. This participation may impact their ability to receive institutional or private scholarships and grants. To learn more, view the Student-Athlete Financial Aid FAQ (PDF).

Featured UI Scholarships

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


An actual ACT Mathematics Test contains 60 questions to be answered in 60 minutes.

Read each question carefully to make sure you understand the type of answer required.
If you choose to use a calculator, be sure it is permitted, is working on test day, and has reliable batteries.
Use your calculator wisely.
Solve the problem.
Locate your solution among the answer choices.
Make sure you answer the question asked.
Make sure your answer is reasonable.
Check your work.
Calculator Tips

Review the latest information on permitted and prohibited calculators.
You are not required to use a calculator. All the problems can be solved without a calculator.
If you regularly use a calculator in your mathematics work, use one you're familiar with when you take the mathematics test. Using a more powerful, but unfamiliar, calculator is not likely to give you an advantage over using the kind you normally use.

DIRECTIONS: Solve each problem, choose the correct answer, and then fill in the corresponding oval on your answer document.

Do not linger over problems that take too much time. Solve as many as you can; then return to the others in the time you have left for this test.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Find out how scholarships can help cover your undergraduate education costs.

Facts about scholarships:

  • Scholarships are gift aid, money you do not have to repay.
  • Scholarships are awarded for either academic merit only, or merit and additional criteria such as major of interest, leadership, or financial need.
  • If you receive scholarship(s), they may replace your other financial awards in the following order:
    1. Unmet need in your basic California resident award package
    2. Perkins Loan / University Loan
    3. Work-study
    4. Need-based Parent PLUS Loan or additional Direct Loan in your basic California resident package
    5. Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loan
    6. Grants

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Tuesday mornings from 9am-10am and Wednesday afternoons from 3pm-4pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

Estimated Costs for Studying Abroad
Individual program costs vary based on a variety of factors, such as program structure, hours of credit, length of program, number of excursions or other group activities, and location. Many programs are comparable to the cost of a semester in Lawrence. View the KU campus vs Study Abroad Cost Comparison sheet (pdf) for more information.

Did you know?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

1. Boren Scholarships

Deadline: Annual (typically early on in the calendar year)


$8,000 (summer program, available for STEM students only)
$10,000 (semester program)
$20,000 (academic year program)
Degree Level: Bachelors

The annual scholarships of the National Security Education Program provides fundings to undergraduate students from the U.S. to study less popularly studied, minority world languages. Promoting linguistic and cultural immersion, this award program aims to support students focusing on language studies that are critical to U.S. national security. Boren Scholars can choose to study abroad  in their country of choice, excluding nations within Western Europe as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In exchange for funding, scholars must commit to working in the federal government for at least a year after graduation.

Monday, June 5, 2017


Preliminary data shows that 1,171 University of Iowa students--813 undergraduates and 358 graduate and professional students--studied abroad in 70 different countries during 2015-16. More complete statistics will be reported here when available.

1,220 University of Iowa students—909 undergraduates and 311 graduate and professional students—studied abroad in 72 different countries during 2014-15.

For undergraduates that graduated in 2014-15, 14% participated in a study abroad experience at some point in their college career at UI.

Academic Status

Among the UI undergraduates, 2% were first-year students, 12% sophomores, 43% juniors, and 43% seniors.

Field of Study

Friday, June 2, 2017

Many scholarships for students from developing countries will have additional criteria, such as a specific country of origin or destination, a particular subject of study, or ties to a particular university. But, with a bit of savvy scholarship hunting and a tad of flexibility, you could be applying to 10 or more international scholarships in no time.

Below are a few of the most prominent funds and scholarships for developing countries, categorized by country of study. Hope it helps!

Scholarships to study in Europe

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships – Initiative led by the European Commission to provide funding for students all over the world to study in Europe at selected institutions.

VLIR-UOS Training and Masters Scholarships – Scholarships for students from developing countries within Africa, Asia or Latin America.