How to Fund Your Study Abroad Workshop

How to Fund Your Study Abroad Trip

This joint presentation with the OCC Study Abroad Advisor and OCC Financial Aid Counselor will clarify the mysteries of FAFSA & show you how to be strategic, to get the largest financial aid amount.  We'll also present several scholarship options. We'll teach you a method for how to budget for a large purchase, and some creative ways students have saved/fundraised for their goals. View the video of the last Fund Your Study Abroad Workshop. Watch the last workshop recording.

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Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop 

The Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship offers up to $5,000 towards study abroad programs for Pell Grant eligible students. This scholarship also provides students with non-competitive eligibility (NCE)  for jobs with the U.S. Federal Government! OCC students consistently are awarded this scholarship and OCC was named a Top Producing School by Gilman in 2018. Read the Coast Report article. Don't let this one pass you by! 

The Gilman application also requires a follow on service project. View the videos for more information on the program, application process and tips on writing competitive essays.

Watch the video of the last Gilman Workshop:

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The Gilman McCain Scholarship offers up to $5000.00 towards study abroad programs for dependents of active Military service members who are receiving federal financial aid. If you qualify for this, you may still apply for the Gilman scholarship also, but you can only receive one or the other. 

Gilman Partnership Scholarships - There are additional Gilman scholarships available through partnerships to France, New Zealand, Wales, & Portugal!


Faculty Information Sessions:


Students at Playa Dos De Mayo in Madrid 

2024 Spanish Language Program in Madrid 

 Please contact Professor Sherman-Falcioni for information.

In person (LLSS 238):

Tuesday, 2/13 at 5pm

Tuesday, 3/19 at 5pm

Tuesday, 4/3 at 5pm

Via Zoom (email for Zoom link):

Friday, 1/12 at 11:00am

Monday, 1/29 at 5:30pm

Wednesday, 2/28 at 5pm

Thursday, 3/14 at 6pm

Friday, 4/12 at noon


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2024 Italian Language Program in Florence 

2024 Information Sessions. Contact professor Franca Hamber for the zoom links.


Wednesday February 7, 2024 @ 3:30 pm - LLSS 239, 2nd floor

Friday February 23, 2024 @ 11:30 am - LLSS 239, 2nd floor

Thursday March 7, 2024 @ 6: 45 pm - LLSS 238, 2nd floor

Monday March 11, 2024 @1:00 pm - LLSS 239, 2nd floor

Tuesday March 19, 2024 @ 6:45pm - LLSS 238, 2nd floor


VIA ZOOM: ( Contact professor Franca Hamber for the zoom links) 

Friday February 9, 16, and March 1st @10:30 am

Thursday March 14 @ 5:30 pm


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Information Sessions: (Contact professor Jarren Gonzales for more details) 

Thursday 3/21/2024 from 4-5:30pm in LLSS 321.