Global Scholars FAQ

Academic Credit/Recognition

CREDIT: Students may earn academic credit in the form of internship or directed independent study. Per university policy, students must register through FSU International Program’s Independent Internship office. Here are the forms .

Students may earn 6 hours of internship credit per semester through the international relations (INR) program. Click here for more information . Students may also earn credit through the modern languages department at FSU. Students should work with individual faculty members to arrange for DIS credit.

If you earn at least 6 hours of academic credit in a semester, you are eligible to receive financial aid from your normal sources (e.g. Pell Grant, Student Loans, Bright Futures). If you are only earning 6 hours, then your financial aid will be reduced from a full time student amount to reflect your “part-time status.”

FINANCIAL AID:

Scholarships: Partial scholarships are available for FSU students, and these will be decided based on the student’s application. The Global Scholars Travel Award is a need and merit based stipend designed to help students participate who may not otherwise be able to take part due to financial obstacles. Selected recipients will receive a stipend of up to $2000 (up to $3250 for CARE students) to cover expenses such as general program costs, living expenses, and/or travel.

Our independent projects partner, Omprakash, also has some partial scholarships for students. FSU also has volunteering and research scholarships that students may apply to these Global Scholar experiences.

For other awards, click here or the Center for Leadership and Social Change Moellership .

Despite these scholarships, it is important that students contribute to some of the costs of their Global Scholars experience. Research suggests that when students fundraise for their experience, they often feel more invested in the experience and are less likely to leave their experience early because they do not want to disrespect the donors who helped them head overseas. Writing to family, friends, and community members, as well as charities and foundations, is an effective approach to raising funds for your experience. In fact, students can often fully fund for their volunteering experience through donations.

Students may also earn enough academic credit for their experience (a minimum of 6 hours per semester) to make them eligible to use their financial aid (Federal student loans and grants) or Bright Futures scholarship money. The amount of a student’s financial aid is awarded based on the amount of credit hours taken per semester, so a part-time load (6 hours) will result in less financial aid for that semester.

Students may use funding from URCAA, MRCE, Public Service Research Fellowship, Moellership, or other university awards to fund Global Scholar Projects.

COSTS:
All students pay tuition for a one credit hour Global Scholars Training Course (INR 3931) during the spring semester, a one-credit hour Global Scholars Re-entry Course (INR 3932) during the following fall semester, and pay the Omprakash EdGE program fee of $915. The EdGe program fee covers the cost of a 12 week pre-departure online training, support in finding a field position and access to the EdGE Orientation Portal, individual mentorship, travel and health insurance, training towards your concentration, support for your Capstone Project, online re-entry curriculum, networking opportunities with academics and professionals from diverse backgrounds and much more. Other costs vary, depending on field site. Some field sites include accommodation and food; airfare and visa fees vary by country.

Independent projects arranged through Omprkash can be significantly less expensive than the pre-arranged small group summer projects. However, these independent projects take more initiative, and may have less on the ground administrative support and structure.

In addition, if students are earning credit over the summer, they must pay FSU International Program Independent Internship fees. This includes a $100 registration fee, and $225 per credit hour plus a technology. International Programs also requires a $45 travel insurance fee per month.

Largely due to the reduced cost of living in developing countries, Global Scholars programs can be less expensive than traditional study abroad. The experience will—more than most of the other experiences in your life—dramatically influence you for the better. Spending a few thousand dollars now (or even taking a loan out to do this), will pay dividends throughout your life as you gain greater perspective of yourself and the world around you. Employers and graduate schools will likely be impressed with your Global Scholars experience, so it may also help you get a better job in the future.

RECOGNITION:
In addition to becoming part of the new Global Scholars network of program alumni, participation in Global Scholars can be used to fulfill some requirements of the Global Pathways Certificate or Garnet and Gold Scholars Society . A Global Scholars program could help you complete the international, internship, service, or international sections of program. The same experience can be counted for up to two areas of Garnet and Gold Scholars Society.
Students may also gain internship recognition through the University Recognition Program.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE PLAN:
All students participating in a Global Scholars project (and not earning academic credit as part of their experience) must complete—before departure—a Student International Experience Plan (SIEP) found here.

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