Institute of International Education is pleased to announce Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA). To be eligible, the applicants must be an undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.8, pursuing his or her first bachelor’s degree (or associate’s degree), at a two-year or a four-year institution of higher education in the United States.
The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
Who May Eligible:
To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.
- Must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program. The applicant is required to submit the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) figure, calculated through FAFSA, with the statement of financial need through the online Freeman-ASIA application.
- Must be an undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.8, pursuing his or her first bachelor’s degree (or associate’s degree), at a two-year or a four-year institution of higher education in the United States.
- Must apply through the U.S. home campus and have at least one term of enrollment remaining at the home institution in the U.S. upon returning from studying abroad in Asia.
- Must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. A multi-country program is eligible only if the applicant will spend at least 8 weeks in one of the countries stated above and will have intensive language study during that period.
- Must have applied to or have been accepted by a study abroad based program that awards academic credits through the home campus or other U.S. accredited college or university. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term.
- Must have little or no previous experience in the country in which he or she plans to study. A summer term applicant must not have spent more than 4 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years. A semester or an academic year term applicant must not have spent more than 6 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years.
How to Apply:
To apply, the applicants can submit their online application through the given link: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA/Apply/Online-Application
- Note: Applicants may apply to one program: Summer 2018, fall 2018 or Academic Year 2018-19. The spring 2019 online application link will be available when the application opens in late August 2018.
- You must complete the pre-screening page of the application before proceeding with the rest of the application.
- You must register your Study Abroad Adviser in the “Register Study Abroad Adviser” section of the application. Complete your portion of the application before you register your adviser. Otherwise, they will receive notification to review your application before it is complete, and they will not be able to certify your application. Note, however, that you do not need to submit your application for them to certify it, but you must have input all the necessary information and saved it in your application.
- We do not request or accept academic recommendations. Please do not register additional recommenders. Only register your Study Abroad Adviser to certify your application.
- You are required to upload a transcript from your current institution, as well as transcripts from any prior institutions you have attended since high school.
- You will also need to upload the following documents. Specific instructions will be provided in the application.
- Latest Student Aid Report
- Current academic year financial aid award letter
- Current academic year cost of attendance at your home institution
- No hard copy materials are required as part of the Freeman-ASIA application; the application is completed entirely online.
- Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program’s goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.
- Must submit the online Freeman-ASIA Student Impact Survey within one month of returning to the United States and must initiate his/her service project to promote study abroad opportunities in Asia on the college campus and/or in the local community.
- Must submit the Freeman-ASIA Final Service Report on the implementation of his/her service project at the end of the term following his/her return to the United States.
- Must not be a previous Freeman-ASIA award recipient.
- A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.
- Grant amounts are:
- Summer Award: up to $3,000
- Semester/Quarter Award: up to $5,000
- Academic Year Award: up to $7,000
- Freeman-ASIA Award funds may be adjusted should the recipient receive additional financial assistance not reported at the time of application.
- Students may apply for institutional/program-based Freeman Foundation grants and the Freeman-ASIA Awards simultaneously, but may only accept one Freeman-sponsored grant per proposed study abroad term should the student receive multiple offers.
The deadlines for the submission as the following: Student Deadline: October 3, 2018, and Adviser Deadline: October 10, 2018.
If you have any question, contact at 646-572-8747 or Freeman-Asia[@]iie.org