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Scholarships make study abroad a bigger bargain

September 1, 2006

Photo of the Tokyo skylineOf the 172 SF State students selected to participate in the California State University (CSU) International Programs this year -- twice more than any other of the 23 campuses in the statewide system -- 29 will enjoy significant financial relief as they attend universities throughout Asia, Europe and South America. Their scholarships range from $200 to $14,000.

Even without the aid of a scholarship, students who study abroad pay the same fees as if they were attending SF State. They are not charged overseas tuition, administrative costs or other fees.

"We want to dispel the myth that study abroad is expensive," said Kati Bell, senior study abroad adviser in the Office of International Programs.

Despite the relative affordability of studying abroad, students like Kenny Loui are grateful for the support.

Loui, a political science graduate student who will study Japanese at Mejiro University in Tokyo, earned a $14,000 scholarship from the Japan Student Services Organization. Loui, who has long been interested in Japanese culture and studied the language for several years, aspires to become a Japan-based legal attaché for the FBI.

"With the scholarship, I won't have to worry as much about money," Loui said by phone from Washington, D.C., where he has a summer internship with the bureau.

SF State students study abroad through two state-supported programs: the CSU International Programs and SF State Bilateral Exchanges. The CSU International Programs enable hundreds of students to pursue their studies abroad each year at 65 affiliated universities in 20 countries. The Bilateral Exchanges program allows students to study abroad for one semester or more while studying at one of 31 associate universities in 14 countries.

For details on study-abroad programs, visit the SF State Study Abroad Web site.

Other SF State students awarded study-abroad scholarships:

  • Three students received $14,000 scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization. Matthew Hunter and Raymond Langley will attend Oita University in Tokyo. Kenny Loui will attend Mejiro University in Tokyo.
  • Eight students received $12,000 Ministry of Education Teaching Assistant Awards from the French government. Alexander Aquino-Kaljakin, Jack Bowers, Nathaniel Dunstan, Megan Johnson, Christopher Overston, Sarah Poole, Patrick Russel and Toper Simon will attend University of Paris.
  • Four students received $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships, a federal grant program. Kelly Campbell will attend University of Madrid in Spain. Jonah Cho will attend Waseda University in Tokyo. Anna Hernandez will attend Pontifica Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile. Thomas Palmer will attend Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in Japan.
  • Three students received the $7,000 Freeman-Asia Award, administered by the Institute of International Education. Jon Klubock will attend Oita University in Japan. Claire Northall will attend Waseda University in Japan. Adam Sands will attend Peking University in Beijing.
  • One student, Luis Calero, received a $6,000 award Baden-Württenburg Scholarship. Calero will attend Fachhochule Furtwangen in Germany.
  • Eight students received CSU Wang Family Scholarships, more than any other campus in the CSU system. Each scholarship is $4,000. Grace Chiang, Patrick Ehrhard, Alison Greenlee and Lily Lau will attend National Taiwan University. Eric Carter, Jamie Louie, Nathan Parker and Adam Sands will attend Peking University in Beijing.
  • Two students received $200 SF State Office of International Programs Scholarships for Overseas Study. Karim Derqaoui will attend University of Aix-Marseilles in France. Norma Kaminski will attend Pontifica Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile.

--Student Writer Lisa Rau with Matt Itelson
Photo: Courtesy of pmorgan


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