Fellowships and international teaching opportunities are two avenues to gain valuable global experience. There are fellowships and scholarships that offer funding for international practical training, or study abroad. There are also international teaching programs that are offered in many different countries.
The University Fellowships Office at Penn State is a resource for students interested in one of the many scholarships and fellowships offered to undergraduate students, as well as recent graduates. The University Fellowships Office, helps qualified students during the application process for competitive national and international fellowships.
Some of the many fellowships and scholarships that could be of interest to Liberal Arts students are listed below. Find the complete list of internal and external fellowships here.
The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program. The Summer Institutes cover the majority of participant costs. US undergraduates, with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete (primarily Freshmen and Sophomores), with a 3.7 or above GPA are eligible to apply.
Boren Scholarships, funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. You could receive $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for a full academic year.
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is now the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The U.S. Student Program currently awards approximately 1,800 grants annually to engage in all fields of study, research, or teaching assistantships, and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
Not sure what fellowships would be the right fit for you? Browse through this Fellowship Finder database which features over 1,100 curated listings of grants and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students. It also offers new features that allow for faster and more targeted searches as well as sharing through social media.
International Teaching Opportunities
There are many different teaching opportunites abroad. Many governments coordinate english language teaching programs. These include the JET program in Japan, The EPIK program in South Korea, and the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program in Spain. Find a more comprehensive list of international teaching opportunities, and other overseas options here.