Semester Abroad in Intercultural Learning (SAIL) Scholarship

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR), through funding from the Office of the Dean of International Programs, has created the Semester Abroad in Intercultural Learning (SAIL) Scholarship Program. As part of this scholarship program, CILMAR offers mentored, distance learning courses that assist students in their intercultural learning and development while abroad. SAIL courses challenge students to engage with their host-country’s culture in meaningful ways while supporting them in the development of intercultural attitudes, skills, and knowledge. Mentors share their experiences and insights to help students make connections between course content and lived experiences while studying abroad. Students who successfully complete the requirements of the program will receive a $2000 scholarship

For a list of past and present Intercultural Mentors, click here.

Deadlines

  • Fall Semester / Academic Year Programs:  April 1
  • Spring Semester Programs:  October 1

Note: This deadline pertains only to participation in this scholarship program; deadlines for course registration, study abroad applications, or applications for other forms of financial aid may differ.

Eligibility

Students wishing to take part in the SAIL scholarship program must:

  • Be a Purdue, main campus (West Lafayette), undergraduate, degree-seeking student (of any nationality; no FAFSA required)
  • Be participating in a credit-bearing approved semester or academic year-long study abroad program through Purdue University
  • Must have at least one semester of classes to complete after returning from study abroad
  • Be available to begin the mentored course approximately two weeks prior to departure in person (preferable) or online

Application process

Prior to applying for the SAIL scholarship, students must first apply to an approved semester or academic year program on the Purdue Study Abroad website. When the academic information has been downloaded to the student’s My Study Abroad page, the student will then be able to access the SAIL scholarship application via a green box at the top of the page.

Students must complete the SAIL scholarship application by selecting the criteria that applies to the relevant study abroad program and academic requirements. When applying to a co-sponsored program, students must verify course availability with the hosting study abroad program provider. This verification must be forwarded on to Dr. Daniel Jones, the SAIL program coordinator. 

SAIL applications will be accepted prior to acceptance into a study abroad program.

SAIL scholarships are disbursed to Student Bursar accounts in the return semester following the studying abroad and only if the distance learning course is successfully completed!

Questions regarding the SAIL Scholarship and eligible courses should be directed to Dr. Daniel Jones, the scholarship and course coordinator.

For more information about the scholarship courses, click here.

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