Study Everything Thai: Language to Cuisine
The moment students spy the architecturally fantastic Bangkok International Airport they will know they have chosen a culturally and economically advanced Asian destination. Thailand offers U.S. students an opportunity to sample the most exotic of Asian countries, from tropical beaches to authentic Thai cuisine and the metropolitan sights and sounds of Bangkok. Western students may be lured for language studies, arts and culture, or more contemporary disciplines such as science and technology or business and industry.
David L. Boren Scholarships are provided to top academic students. Its mission is to offer study abroad programs in countries that mostly get overlooked by traditional study abroad programs. This $20,000 award is presented to undergraduate students with the purpose of traveling to a critical needs country and learning the local language and about the culture. Funded by the National Security Education Program, the goal of this organization is to face challenges of a global society. This is a Service for Scholarship program, so recipients must be willing to work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for 1 year following graduation. A paid internship is also required sometime during the program.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, part of the federal government, also provides the renowned Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. To be considered for this award, students must already be receiving Federal Pell Grants. The Feds’ goal with this program is to boost the numbers of American students studying internationally. This provides multicultural and disadvantaged students with access to top-notch international programs. No longer will students be disenfranchised based on financial, ethnic and even educational grounds. Preference is given to students attending community colleges and those who have never participated in an abroad study program. Up to $5,000 in scholarships. Over 2,300 of these awards are up for grabs.
The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia offer funding for U.S. undergraduates to pursue studies in Thailand and other nations of Asia. Thailand has historically been completely out of the reach of many students and in response the Freeman Scholarships make it possible for especially disadvantaged students to experience To be eligible, you must have at least a 2.8 GPA and be pursuing you first bachelor’s degree. Also, you must be receiving need-based financial aid or demonstrate a need for financial assistance. The award for a summer semester is $3,000, $5000 for an academic semester, and $7000 for an academic year.
The International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership sponsors the Volunteer Study Abroad program in Chiang Mai, Thailand. programs bring together academic studies, community service, and cultural engagement so that students can get a more complete experience while studying abroad. During your semester, you will study Thai culture, language, and society while engaging in 10-15 hours of community service per week. ISPL scholarship funds are provided by independent donors and vary each semester.
If you are committed to becoming fluent in the Thai language for purposes of career needs, you should not overlook the Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Language Study. These are one year awards for the study of language at an advanced level in East or Southeast Asia. To be eligible, students must be pursuing an academic and professional career where use of an Asian language is required, have an undergraduate degree, and have taken at least three years of study in one of these Asian languages. The awards provide enough funding for travel expenses and all tuition costs.