Last fall I took a semester off from Olin and studied Classical Arabic and North African Migration in Rabat, Morocco. My semester abroad was the culmination of years of decisions and months of planning which all, ultimately, were essential to making it all happen. I faced a variety of hurdles in the winter of 2011, not the least of which was the Arab Spring; however, one hurdle which could very well have de-railed all of my study away plans was financial.
Like many other Olin students, funding my study away experience was something I had to do on my own. The maze of financial options was confusing and at times I worried that it wouldn't come together in time. Eventually, however, it all worked out and I learned a lot about what it takes to raise the money to go abroad.
(Here I am in the Atlas mountains in southern Morocco)
To begin with, I chose to go with a pre-approved program, meaning that none of the costs of my program were covered by my Olin Scholarship. However, many of the other "flavors" of study away at Olin have different financial policies, so my first piece of advice is meet with Carol Kelley and discuss the details of the program you've chosen.
Typically, there are three places where funding for your program can come from: you, Olin, and outside sources. "You" is simple, it is your "expected family contribution". This is your money, money you've earned or been loaned or given. Money from Olin comes in the form of grants, given on the basis of financial need. Finally, outside sources of funding are what I'm going to talk about here. For more up-to-date or detailed information on financial aid and the effect of external scholarships, email Jean Ricker.
(My Arabic class in Rabat, Morocco)
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