American Medical Student Association, www.amsa.org lists overseas internship and volunteer programs, including options for premed and other health sciences—see International Health Opportunities section. Site includes an excellent online guide to fundraising, Creative Funding Guide, useful for all students.
CIEE John E. Bowman Travel Grant, www.ciee.org. This CIEE undergraduate travel grant funds the cost of travel and can be used for students attending CIEE study abroad programs in non-traditional locations. These regions currently eligible include Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Applicants must attend a CIEE Member or CIEE Academic Consortium member institution, and be a participant on a CIEE program. Application deadlines are twice a year, November 1 and April 1 for the following semester.
Fulbright Scholarships andTeaching Programs, www.iie.org/fulbright. All the Fulbright programs—official exchange programs for teaching, study or research—are described here; Fulbright Student programs (including scholarships and English Teaching Assistantships) are for graduating seniors, graduate students, and alumni; Fulbright Scholar programs are for university faculty and international education administrators. The Fulbright Teacher Exchange is for currently employed K-12 and community college teachers.
The Electronic Embassy, www.embassy.org contains links to the home pages of all U.S.-based embassies. Many countries provide cultural and educational exchange information, as well as essential information for travel and work (visas, etc.) on their sites. Note, however, that these sites rarely mention the internship, volunteer, and work exchange programs found in the other resources mentioned here.
GoAbroad.com www.goabroad.com. A very comprehensive and up-to-date web site with excellent search provisions. Site’s design allows continuous updates by program providers. Most listings give extensive information. Search possible by country or subject. Provides addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for all programs and links to web sites for some programs. Listings also bring up country-specific travel information. One of the best sites for those looking for a broad range of education abroad options.
Institute of International Education, www.iie.org, Financial Resources for International Study and Funding for United States Study, Marie O’Sullivan and Sara Steen, editors. IIE publishes some of the best hard-copy directories of scholarships for overseas opportunities, which include grants for all levels of students as well as for postdoctorates and professionals. IIE’s databases are available on its site.
International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA), www.volunteerinternational.org by Christine Victorino. IVPA is a professional association for administrators of international volunteer programs, as well as advisers and students interested in this type of international experience. The site lists programs for volunteering abroad, some of which offer academic credit, and has extensive links to relevant resources.
National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, www.finaid.org. Site of the main U.S. professional association for financial aid administrators. Search using terms such as “study abroad” or “work abroad.”
Studyabroad.com, www.studyabroad.com by Mark Landon. Site’s databases list approximately 5,000 programs. Has special databases for language courses and experiential programs. Information limited to location and subjects (does not provide cost information, for example). Contains addresses, phone numbers, email addresses. Links to program web sites for only some programs. Search by country, academic subject, or both, but no other variables.
Reference Service Press, Financial Aid for Study and Training Abroad and Financial Aid for Research and Creative Activities Abroad, www.rspfunding.com. RSP publishes of some of the best hard-copy directories of scholarships for overseas opportunities, which include grants for all levels of students as well as for postdoctorates and professionals. Its databases are available to America Online subscribers (keyword RSP), or through some university libraries to their own students.
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships, www.rotary.org. The Rotary Foundation provides the largest single U.S. scholarship program for study abroad. Scholarships are available for all levels of study, from highschool, undergraduate, and graduate students to alumni and professionals. Generally not for use with study abroad programs sponsored by U.S. institutions. Application possible only through local Rotary Clubs. Deadlines (locally-determined) may be as much as one and one-half years in advance. Web site provides scholarship information and lists Rotary clubs worldwide.
Univ. of California-Irvine, International Opportunities Program, www.cie.uci.edu. Concept by Ruth Sylte, now edited by IOP’s Sharon Parks. Extensive directories (not databases) for internships, research, teaching, volunteering and work abroad programs, as well as study abroad and summer programs. Contains links to many useful sites. Information on both academic and nonacademic internships. See also The World at Your Fingertips, www.cie.uci.edu/world, which is not a directory, but an instructional site—how students and advisers can use the Internet to research options for education abroad.
Univ. of Michigan, International Center’s Overseas Opportunities Office, internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/, by William Nolting, faculty, staff, and students. Not a database, but a collection of articles, annotated links, and print resources for study, work, and travel abroad, including in-depth reports on work abroad options—the most singular feature of this site.
U.S. Department of State, www.state.gov. While not a directory of programs, this site provides essential information from the diplomatic branch of the U.S. government for everything from travel safety advisories to crisis assistance for U.S. citizens abroad and contact information for all U.S. embassies and consulates. Also lists foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. The Department of State offers 1,000 internships annually as well as career positions. Country background notes, travel advisories, and countless other articles make this site one of the most valuable sources of international information on the web. Other frequently consulted parts of this very comprehensive web site include Travel Warnings and Information, Travel Tips for Students, Services for U.S. Citizens Abroad, Passport services, Publications, and Background Notes (country information).
Univ. of Minnesota, Work, Intern, Volunteer Programs, www.umabroad.umn.edu/programs/wiv.php. An excellent, free online database of opportunities.
U.S. State Department “International Information Programs", www.usinfo.state.gov in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, exchanges.state.gov. Official information about Fulbright and other US-sponsored programs for study, research, and teaching abroad.
U.S. Department of Education: The Student Guide to Financial Aid, studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html. The federal government’s official guide to financial aid (which can be used only for academic study, including study-internship or study-volunteer programs).
Washington and Lee Univ., Office of International Education, www.internationaleducation.wlu.edu by William Klingelhofer. This site, by an expert on work abroad formerly at Harvard Univ., provides an excellent overview of working abroad, including internships, teaching, and volunteering, with links to hundreds of programs. Good section on study opportunities.
Woodrow Wilson International Fellowship Foundation, www.woodrow.org. Information on several multi-year scholarship-internship programs for students, especially women and minorities, interested in careers in international affairs.