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 

Register Here for the next 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.

The March 2023 Deadline Gilman application period will open in mid-January 2023 for applicants whose in-person programs or internships start between May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024.

Student Deadline: Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 11:59pm Pacific Time

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:


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French Language Program in Paris Information Sessions with Lia Raileanu:


TIME :  4 :45PM



Students at Playa Dos De Mayo in Madrid 

Spanish Language Program in Madrid Info Sessions with Denise Cabanal-Bleuer

Upcoming Information Meetings

6:30p - Thursday, March 9, 2023 - via Zoom*

7:30p - Thursday, March 16, 2023 - via Zoom*

5:00p - Tuesday, March 23, 2023 - LLSS 100  **Updated date and location!**

Please contact Denise Cabanel-Bleuer for the zoom links 


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Italian Language Program in Florence Info Sessions with Franca Hamber: 

Contact professor Franca Hamber for more info 

Wednesday, February 8 @7:00 p.m. Room 239 LLSS Building ( In person)

Monday February 13 @4:00 p.m.  Room 239 LLSS Building  (in person)

Wednesday , March 1 @7:00 pm Room 239 LLSS Building  (in person)


Contact professor Franca Hamber for the zoom links or for an appointment outside of these dates. 

In person: March 20, 22 @ 7:15 p.m. In LLSS 239

Via zoom: March 17, 24 @1:30 p.m.