Study abroad is a life-changing experience. Adapting to a foreign culture first hand allows students to develop an entirely new perspective about themselves and the world around them. Expanding horizons with a semester abroad demonstrates a sense of adventure, curiosity and flexibility. Studying abroad enhances communication and inter-personal skills, lends distinction to resumes, and attracts the attention of potential employers, regardless of the student's major.
- LRU Programs
- LRU Affiliated Programs
- Getting Started and Applying
- Scholarship Opportunities for Study Abroad
- Returning from Studying Abroad
LR offers students the possibility to study abroad for a semester or year through exchange programs. For information on exchange programs that accept LRU financial aid, visit the ISEP and/or Conahec websites.
LR also maintains several bi-lateral exchange agreements with universities around the world. Students may also use their institutional and other forms of financial aid to study at these universities.
LR faculty also lead short term study abroad programs during spring break, during Maymester and in the summer.
The Office of International Education (OIE) recognizes that LRU programs may not meet the academic, social, and cultural preferences of all students. With this understanding, LRU allows students to participate in LRU Partner programs that OIE has reviewed and approved for transfer credit. Through affiliation agreements with these institutions, students are registered for classes at LRU while studying abroad.
|Arcadia University||CEA Global Education|
|Center for International Studies||Central College|
|Institute of American Universities||International Studies Abroad (ISA)|
|International Partnership for Service Learning||The School for Field Studies|
Participation in these programs allow students to use federal and state financial aid. LR grants and scholarships may not be used for these or other third-party programs.
Explore Abroad Options
Attend a Study Abroad convocation in the fall or spring, and/or schedule an appointment with the Office for International Education.
Choose A Program
Choose a program in conversation with an academic adviser, carefully determining the courses you intend to take and how they will count towards your degree. OIE can provide preliminary information about aid as it applies to study abroad, but you should also visit the Financial Aid Office to explore how much aid is available to you for programs you are considering. Schedule a follow up appointment to discuss your refined choices with email@example.com and learn about program specific next steps.
EUROPEAN UNION ERASMUS+ SEMESTER ABROAD IN SPAIN SCHOLARSHIP--UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY-ERASMUS+ MOBILITY GRANT
Application Deadline is October 1, 2016
The European Union's Erasmus+Program offers financial support for student exchange between U.S. universities and universities of the countries of the European Union. Lenoir-Rhyne University is one of the exchange partner universities of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Spain and can awardthis ERASMUS+ scholarship to its top student (determined first by GPA and second by quality of application and recommendations) attending The University of the Basque Country as an exchange student each spring semester. The scholarship offers 800 Euros per month for up to five months of expenses associated with an academic semester abroad. In addition, it offers an 800 Euro stipend to cover a signficant portion of the air ticket to travel to and from Spain. Students must have at least a low intermediate level in Spanish to benefit from this scholarship, and depending on their Spanish level, can take a variety of courses in multiple disciplines in English or in Spanish, as well as Spanish and Basque language courses for international students. (Exchange rates fluxuate, but this scholarship typically amounts to a $4000-4500 value)
Contact the Office for International Education, Room 202 Rudisill Library, for more information and an application.
MARY ANN CHOU CHINA STUDY SCHOLARSHIP
This Scholarship has a Rolling Application Deadline
The Mary Ann Chou China Study Scholarship provides funds to enable a qualified student, in good academic standing, to participate in a study program to mainland China. The program must last a minimum of three weeks and be sponsored by an academic institution.
Her son Timothy writes "Mary Ann was born in Tsimo in the Shandong province of China on Feb 20, 1918. At the age of five, with her grandmother’s approval, she was able to go to school with her older sister. But it was when she turned 14 that her life changed; she left home to attend the Lutheran School of Nursing. She went on to attend Peking Union Medical College and, in 1939 left China only to meet adn marry Dr. David Chou 12 years later. By 1956 she had moved to Hickory, NC, as David became a professor at Lenoir Rhyne. One of her fondest memories is of her twins holding the May Queen’s train on May Day. Amazingly at the age of 49 she passed the state boards in nursing and taught for 10 years at Western Piedmont Community College."
She established this scholarship in 2000 as a way for students at Lenoir Rhyne to develop a better understanding of the country of her birth. The last line of her autobiography she writes: "It is a good feeling to finish my life story which wasn't planned in advance, just like many parts of my real life.... Maybe going to China will be an important part of your life story."
The award of up to $1,500 is currently available for study during a summer or semester.
Contact the Office for International Education, Room 202 Rudisill Library, for more information and an application.
OIE/BROYHILL STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS
Application Deadline is February 1, 2017
The Office for International Education and the Broyhill Institute for Leadership have collaborated to offer a maximum of ten scholarships of $500-1,000 each to eligible students for summer study abroad.
These scholarships are available with preference to students who are identified as Broyhill Scholars and students who identify the ways in which their study abroad experience will support their leadership development. Broyhill scholars are identified in their sophomore year. Students interested in being invited to be a Broyhill Scholar should contact Dean Katie Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Craig Schreiber at email@example.com for more information.
There is an application form, which can be completed on-line below, for both the Broyhill scholarships. Both scholarships require the applicant to demonstrate in his or her application how the study abroad experience will contribute to the student’s capacity for leadership, and how the student will provide leadership in the area of international understanding upon his or her return to LR. At a minimum returning scholarship recipients would be expected to participate in the fall and spring study abroad convocations offered at LR each year. In addition, students could provide leadership through the International Club, the I-Pal program, prepare a video documentary of their experience suitable for placement on the LR website, or lead a travel experience for international students studying at LR. Other ideas for leadership are most welcome!
Broyhill or OIE Scholarships which are awarded to full time LR students participating in study abroad summer programs (May 13-August 15). All programs must be a minimum of three weeks in duration. Applications will be judged on 1) financial need, 2) the quality of the application, and 3) the type of program in which the applicant will participate, and 4) the student’s plan for leadership to promote international understanding upon his or her return. The application should demonstrate the applicant’s a) sufficiency of academic preparation for the proposed study abroad experience; b) motivation and capacity for integrating the study abroad experience into his/her academic or career plans; c) previous experiences which indicate that the applicant possesses the maturity and flexibility necessary for study abroad; and d) intent to apply knowledge gained from study abroad to promote study abroad for other students at LRU.
In terms of program type, priority will be given first to applicants participating in LRU faculty-led, credit bearing study abroad summer programs, second to applicants participating in Partner Program (e.g.., ISEP, Arcadia, etc.), credit bearing study abroad summer programs, and third to applicants participating in other credit bearing summer study abroad programs.
BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
What is the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program?
The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.
Who Should Apply?
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Who Sponsors the Program?
The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Receive the Federal Pell Grant; must be abroad more than four weeks (cannot be applied to summer programs) in any country of study
Maximum of $5000
Fall: April 15th; Spring: October 7th
NSEP DAVID L. BOREN SCHOLARSHIP
What are Boren Scholarships?
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
What are Boren Fellowships?
Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests.
Where do Boren Scholars & Fellows study?
Boren Scholars and Fellows study throughout the world, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants identify how their study abroad programs or overseas projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship
Must study for more than eight weeks in Africa, Asia, Central or Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, or a Newly Indep. State (NIS); commit to at least one year of government service
For either fall or spring, Dec. of the preceding year
Upon returning from studying abroad, students make another appointment with the Office for International Education to share the experience, explore re-entry resources and events and determine how to continue building on the experience. Students are encouraged to:
- Participate in workshops designed to showcase the abroad experience, and engage in conversations with prospective employers and/or include on graduate applications.
- Share the experience with prospective students considering studying abroad.
- Explore international research opportunities or additional study abroad service and mission opportunities.
- Join the LR International Club.
- Become an I-Pal for an international student new to LR.
Approved and proposed faculty-led programming in spring and summer of 2017. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the professors listed below for more information.
« Ireland (Lineberger Fellows) - Rand.Brandes@lr.edu
« Barcelona (Nursing) - Judy.Phillips@lr.edu
« Italy (Counselling/Psych) - Gordon.Cappelletty@lr.edu
« Caribbean (Exercise Science/Scuba Diving Certification) - Brent.Heaberlin@lr.edu
« Iceland (Broyhill Scholars/Business) - Craig.Schreiber@lr.edu
« Germany (Business/Entrepreneurship) - Ralph.Griffith@lr.edu
« Costa Rica (Mission Work) - Mindy.Makant@lr.edu
« London (Occupational Therapy) - Sue.Friguglietti@lr.edu
« England (Theatre/Honors) - Josh.Yoder@lr.edu
« Prague (Humanities) - Michael.Deckard@lr.edu
- What are the requirements to study abroad?
- Can students take courses in their major abroad?
- Will credits taken abroad transfer back to Lenoir-Rhyne?
- Can student financial aid be applied to studying abroad?
- Are study abroad scholarships available?
- Are participants required to speak a foreign language?
- When should students study abroad?
- Can transfer students study abroad?
- When should study abroad planning begin?
- Are there meetings before the study abroad program begins?
- Is a passport required to study abroad?
Yes. All classes taken abroad will transfer as long as the academic advisor, chair and Registrar pre-approve them before departure. Students must also pass the class. All grades will appear on the student's transcript.
If participating in a non-LR program, classes taken abroad will appear as transfer credit on the transcript. To gain transfer credit, the student must receive at least a C for each class. When completing the program application, a Course Approval Form must be completed with the academic advisor. This form states how each class is to be counted toward degree completion (i.e. for major, minor, general education, or elective requirements).
If participating in a Lenoir Rhyne semester or year-long program, federal financial aid and LR aid or scholarships will be applied to the student's study abroad program. If participating in a non-LR program, federal aid may count toward the program; however, LR aid and scholarships will not count toward the program. All students applying for and using financial aid need to work with LR financial aid officers to complete all necessary paperwork.
"You can only learn so much from the textbook in your comfort zone. That textbook can never give you an experience like studying abroad can."- Michael Hanlon, travelled to Costa Rica