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Study Abroad Scholarship provided by Illinois Tech in partnership with the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is excited to partner with Illinois Tech to expand the study abroad capacity through our extensive global higher education networks. IIE has expertise administering many of the most prestigious scholarships around the world. As more incoming college students seek an international education experience to better prepare for the global workforce that they will encounter after graduation, this new program will create world-class education abroad opportunities for the next generation of Illinois Tech students. 

The Illinois Tech Study Abroad Scholarship will support the expansion of study abroad, will build the capacity of staff and faculty to advance global programs, and will lead to increases in student satisfaction. The scholarship will lay the foundation for Illinois Tech to expand the diversity of student enrollment and become the leading higher education destination for the world’s globally-minded students. 

Program Overview

The Illinois Tech Study Abroad Scholarship offers a pathway to individualized study abroad for an annual cohort of talented students. Selected students will be awarded $5,000 to defray the costs of travel and living during their study abroad experience. IIE will work hand-in-hand with the university to create, deliver and evaluate the program.

IIE’s services will include

  • Advising 
  • Pre-departure preparation 
  • Placement in academic program abroad 
  • Emergency assistance · Alumni engagement 
  • Health insurance. 

IIE will place, advise and administer scholarships to students and fully preparing them for their study abroad experience. 

Student Advising and Placement

Student support will begin in the first year and continue through the final year at Illinois Tech. Each scholarship recipient will have an assigned IIE advisor who will provide them with encouragement and guidance, and connect them with campus resources when needed. Scholarship recipients will receive assistance identifying academic and personal goals. Our placement team will use this information to inform their study abroad suggestions. IIE advisors are experienced in working with prospective and current applicants and are well-trained to manage thousands of inquiries from students, the public, study abroad organizations, and universities each year. Education abroad placement will be tailored to student and institutional needs and can be for any program duration including short-term, semester, or academic year abroad.

Pre-Departure Support

IIE specializes in developing pre‐departure orientations for undergraduate students engaged in STEM programs, and can conduct customized orientation sessions for Illinois Tech program participants to support the visa application process, health and safety concerns, academic differences, and cross-cultural topics. IIE’s award process requires scholarship recipients to participate in a pre-departure orientation as well as a series of preparatory webinars and seminars before engaging in study abroad. This will be facilitated by IIE and can be conducted virtually or in-person in conjunction with Illinois Tech study abroad staff and faculty. The series will highlight information on overseas program requirements, provide a thorough and detailed overview of safety and security issues while abroad, describe program expectations, and outline the expectations upon return for alumni engagement. Webinars or in-person sessions are accompanied by preparatory reading when applicable to offer further information and guidance on key topics, and Illinois Tech faculty will be invited to participate in relevant sessions. We also will create and disseminate pre-departure handbooks, in digital or hard-copy, to provide information to students and parents before travelling abroad and after returning home. IIE will offer parents and guardians of scholarship recipients a specialized webinar training session highlighting best practices on how to prepare their children to study abroad.

Responsive Student Support and Safety While Abroad

Students will receive resources specific to preparing for safety while abroad, including materials produced by the U.S. Department of State. IIE monitors safety and security abroad to the greatest extent possible and has a strong track record of handling emergency situations in very close cooperation with U.S. Department of State officials in the U.S. and at Embassies abroad. Our staff closely monitor Overseas Security Advisory Council reports on health and safety worldwide and review daily country-specific health and safety notices produced by Air Security International Global Security Solutions Group. As a condition of the award, grantees will be required to submit an online comprehensive emergency contact information form, and upon arrival in their study abroad country, students will be required to supply their IIE advisor with up-to-date onsite contact information through their online account. In addition, IIE disperses instructions on how to register with the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program and obtain up-to-date information on security conditions in their respective locations.

Emergency Assistance

IIE’s advising staff is well‐equipped and experienced at managing safety or health issues should they arise; we are accustomed to coordinating efforts with university faculty and administrators in rare cases when emergencies occur and are prepared to conduct unscheduled visits to provide support should an unanticipated crisis take place. At all phases of the student’s study, an IIE advisor will maintain frequent contact with the student and his or her academic institution through written reports, phone calls, Skype, and/or e‐mails. 

Alumni Engagement

In consultation with the Illinois Tech study abroad staff, IIE will train alumni from each cohort to become study abroad ambassadors on Illinois Tech’s campus. This will enhance capacity for student engagement and create opportunities for one-to-one peer mentoring. Additionally, this will create new pathways for engagement amongst Illinois Tech students while continuing to building cross-cultural skills for participants and increase visibility for study abroad opportunities. All program participants will also be invited to join IIE's alumni initiative, an effort to engage participants from IIE managed programs to facilitate professional growth and offer opportunities for alumni collaboration. This includes access to our webinar series, events, newsletter and LinkedIn group for continued networking and resources on leadership development.

Health Insurance

In addition to the outlined services above, IIE, through its grantee health insurance provider Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), can provide health insurance to grantees at an additional cost. IIE’s accident and sickness policy for grantees includes medical expenses (per accident or sickness), home country benefit, extension of benefits up to 60 days, emergency medical reunion, return ticket, emergency medical, and basic security evacuation.

IIE’s Global Presence

IIE’s global presence includes over 700 team members in 19 offices and affiliates. With more than 42,000 participants per year reaching 183 countries, IIE has a broad network with deep ties to schools, universities, advising centers, foundations, corporations, government agencies and NGOs worldwide. Our experienced staff have developed significant expertise, capabilities and best practices in advancing international education and we serve as trusted advisors for academic, government and private sector clients looking to expand their global reach.

List of Study Abroad Partner Institutions

  • ARGENTINA - Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
  • AUSTRALIA - University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Newcastle
  • AUSTRIA - Technische Universität Wien
  • BRAZIL - Universidade de Brasília, Universidade Estadual De Campinas (UNICAMP), Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
  • CHINA - Xiamen University
  • COLOMBIA - Universidad de los Andes
  • DENMARK - DTU: Technical University of Denmark
  • EGYPT - American University in Cairo
  • FRANCE - ENSEA: Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Electronique et de ses Applications, INSA Lyon: Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon, UTT: Université de Technologie de Troyes
  • GERMANY - Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, MUAS: Munich University of Applied Sciences, RWTH Aachen University, Technische Universität München
  • HONG KONG - City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • INDIA - Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  • INDONESIA - Institut Teknologi Bandung
  • ISRAEL - Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • ITALY - Politecnico di Milano
  • JAPAN - Tohoku University
  • MALAYSIA - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
  • MEXICO - Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • THE NETHERLANDS - Delft University of Technology, University of Twente
  • NEW ZEALAND - University of Canterbury
  • SINGAPORE - Nanyang Technological University
  • SOUTH KOREA - Hanyang University, KAIST: Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
  • SPAIN - Universidad del País Vasco, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad Pontificia Comillas
  • SWEDEN - Lund University
  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - American University of Sharjah
  • UNITED KINGDOM - Cardiff University, University of Leeds, University of Sheffield