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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

Finances &
Scholarships
for Study Abroad

Fundraising

In addition to financial aid and scholarhsips, you can help fund your study abroad experience by raising funds on your own. Here are some ideas:


Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is now a popular way to fundraise for study abroad online using social media. Many people now have large social networks of family, friends, and acquaintances that can be leveraged to gain financial support towards accomplishing a goal.  A few examples include:

GoFundMe

FundMyTravel 

Indiegogo 

Kickstarter   

Here are some pointers to help you get started:

  • Consider what incentive you will provide your social network to donate to your campaign (regular blog, video diary, postcards, souvenir upon return, etc.)
  • Write a strong campaign statement that outlines reasoning, goals and contributions to community . . . be  creative and use multimedia.
  • Set a manageable goal such as the cost of airfare, living expenses abroad, or up-front costs prior to departure. Specify precisely what you need the money for, and ask!

Traditional fundraising methods

Traditional methods of fundraising can still be effective if designed well. As with any fundraising effort, it is important to consider your reciprocal contribution to the group from whom you are requesting assistance.

  • Request donations instead of normal gifts around holidays and birthdays.
  • Collect used materials for recycling
  • Host a benefit event or party
  • Tap into your hometown resources
  • Reach out to fraternal or religious organizations
  • Have a yard sale! Bake sale! Garage sale!
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The International Student Center encourages students to consider various methods to fund their study abroad program including financial aid, scholarships, and fundraising.


 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER
5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-5101 Tel: 619-594-1982 Fax: 619-594-1973 Email: isc.reception@sdsu.edu