Scholarship FAQ's

These are the Frequently Asked Questions for the Boren Scholarship

13. Should I choose an alternate study abroad program and must it be in the same country as my primary program?

Choosing an alternate study abroad program is optional. However, because Boren Scholarships may be used only for study abroad programs listed as either the primary or alternate option on the application, except in extraordinary cases, you may find it to be useful. Selecting an alternate program provides you with an option in the event that you are not accepted into your primary program, your primary program is already full, or your primary program is cancelled.

6. If I cannot study abroad for an academic year, should I still apply?

Yes. While the Boren Scholarships have a preference for academic year (6 months or longer) study abroad, if you are unable to study abroad for an academic year and have chosen to study abroad for a semester, you should still apply for a Boren Scholarship.  In your application, explain why you have chosen to study abroad for a semester, whether it is because of your class sequence, participation in a particular sport, familial responsibilities, or other compelling reasons. You could also strengthen your application by adding a summer study abroad program to your fall or spring program.

12. Does the Boren Scholarship approve or sanction particular study abroad programs?

No. The Boren Scholarship can be used to support study abroad through an established program, direct enrollment in a foreign university, or an individually arranged study. The choice of a particular program for study abroad is made by you in consultation with your campus advisor. Make your choices based on the overall quality of the program, on the strength of the language instruction, and on other elements (i.e. support services provided, cultural activities) that will enhance your period of study abroad.

9. I want to split the academic year between two study abroad programs in the same country. How do I complete the application?

In some cases, appropriate full academic year programs may not be available. In these cases, students may study abroad on two different study abroad programs. We encourage consecutive programs of study; these applications could be for summer and year programs; fall and spring semesters; summer and fall semesters; or spring and summer semesters.  If the total length of study exceeds six months, the application will receive preference as a year-long proposal. Applications for two different consecutive study abroad programs must entail study of the same language. 

7. Is a foreign language component required for all study abroad proposals?

Yes. Foreign language study is a key element in all Boren proposals. The language you choose should be appropriate to the country in which you plan to study. Your study abroad proposal should note the amount (number of hours per week) and level of classroom instruction you will undertake. Most importantly, you should provide a realistic estimate of the language level you expect your formal as well as informal (non-classroom) study will help you achieve.

5. If my proposed country, language, and/or field of study is not on the preferred list, should I still apply?

Yes. We encourage applications for study in non-preferred countries, languages, and fields of study when the applicant can make a compelling argument that increased understanding and appreciation of that particular country, language, and/or field of study contributes to U.S. national security and the goals of the Boren Scholarship.


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