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About Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman International Scholarship provides grants 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 Gilman Scholarship Program seeks to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad & the countries and regions where they go. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

Sean’s Route to Class

Meet U.S. Department of State sponsored Gilman Scholarship recipient Sean Deegan. Sean is a Gilman Global Experience Correspondent for the Fall 2013 semester in Moscow, Russia.  The Gilman Global Experience allows Gilman Scholarship recipients the opportunity to record videos around academic and cultural themes to share with other students interested in studying or interning abroad in the featured country. For more videos please visit the Gilman Scholarship’s Official YouTube page.

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Meet Gilman Video Blogger – Sean

Meet U.S. Department of State sponsored Gilman Scholarship recipient Sean Deegan. Sean is a current Gilman Global Experience Correspondent for the Fall 2013 semester in Moscow, Russia.  The Gilman Global Experience allows Gilman Scholarship recipients the opportunity to record videos around academic and cultural themes to share with other students interested in studying or interning abroad in the featured country. For more videos please visit the Gilman Scholarship’s Official YouTube page.

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Meet Gilman Video Blogger – Chinazo

Meet U.S. Department of State sponsored Gilman Scholarship recipient Chinazo Onwukaike. Chinazo is a current Gilman Global Experience Correspondent for the Fall 2013 semester in Seoul, South Korea.  The Gilman Global Experience allows Gilman Scholarship recipients the opportunity to record videos around academic and cultural themes to share with other students interested in studying or interning abroad in the featured country. For more videos please visit the Gilman Scholarship’s Official YouTube page.

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Writing Prompt #6: Culture Shock & Reverse Culture Shock

Below is a graph describing culture shock and reverse culture shock. Have you identified with any of these stages? Describe certain situations or stages of your study abroad experience and how they relate to the graph.

Diagram of Culture Shock

Diagram of Culture Shock

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Writing Prompt #5: Conservation in the Region

Have you discovered or relished in the natural beauty of your host country?

How environmentally conscious are the inhabitants of your host country? Does the level of consciousness have an effect on the surrounding environment?

Are there any habits that promote a healthy environment in your study abroad country that you would like to take back to the United States?

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Writing Prompt # 4: Politics Abroad

Have you been following politics in your host country? What is the system/form of government practiced in your study abroad country? (i.e. democracy, parliamentary monarchy, republic).

How does the political system or environment differ from the U.S.?

Have the trending political opinions of local citizens caused you to reflect on policies and political discourse in the U.S.? If so, how?

What kinds of pressing policy debates are occurring in your host country, and do you have an opinion on them?

Describe the level of political or engagement of local undergraduate students you have encountered.

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Writing Prompt #3 – Leaving the Comforts of Home – Brutality or Invigorating?

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things ¡V air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky ¡V all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”

-Cesare Pavese

As a study abroad student living in a foreign host country, can you identify with this statement? Why or why not?

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