Financing Your Study Abroad

  • Winter Financial Aid Application due Sept. 15th

Study-in-belize-helen-sungStudy abroad has become a requisite part of University student life. Vet schools often require that applicants have clinical experience. Students increasingly seek international experience for personal development, and to help them gain a competitive edge in the vet or graduate school application or internship/job seeking post-graduation. At the Wildlife Institute, our study abroad programs are life-changing opportunities for students to cultivate their global perspective while participating in world-class academic programs. Study abroad programs are expensive and costs often include tuition, accommodations, flight and extras on the ground. We at the Wildlife Institute do our best to design cost-competitive, one-fee programs that cover your tuition and most of your expenses during your trip. We encourage our students to be pro-active in raising the necessary funds for their trip; seeking scholarships & grants, actively fund-raising and even taking out more student loans if necessary. We encourage students to plan 6-12 months ahead allowing ample time to secure funding and plan personal schedules around their study abroad trip.

Below are a few tips on financially preparing for your trip.

  • Decide how much you and your family can contribute to your study abroad experience. Be sure to include a budget for your flight, supplemental insurance and some spending money. 
  • Ask yourself if you work more or save more, how much could you contribute to your study abroad trip.  
  • Set a personal fund raising goal and research methods that others have used to raise money for their study abroad. Ideas include work-sponsored events, an event you organize such as a yard sale, dinner or silent auction and use of crowd-funding.
  • Ask your University Financial  Aid adviser for tips on securing scholarships, grants and whether loans may be applied to your study abroad and related expenses.
  • Spend time online researching study abroad scholarships. There’s a lot of scholarships out there, but identifying them and applying takes time.
  • Apply for financial aid. You may use the FAFSA to apply for student financial aid to fund your study abroad. 
  • Ask Wildlife Institute for a payment schedule and our own financing options.

Here is a sample list of Study Abroad Scholarship opportunities:

Wildlife Institute International Student Scholarships Luanne_Iggies
The Wildlife Institute (WI) provides scholarships for promising undergraduate and veterinary students who demonstrate both academic merit and documented financial need. In 2016-17, Wildlife Institute is offering limited scholarships for enrollment in our study abroad courses and veterinary internships in partnership with the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic. Contact jford@wildlife-institute.com for more information and to apply. 
Belizean and LDC Scholarships Study-in-belize-Katey-Wahlen
The Wildlife Institute provides merit-based scholarships for wildlife and conservation professionals from Belize and Less Developed Countries (LDC) to participate in courses and internships in Belize and the region. The LDC scholarships may cover up to 100% of tuition and course fees. In 2014, WI waived tuition for seven scholars including one Belizean and the veterinarian from FUNZEL, our conservation partner in El Salvador. In 2015 WI provided scholarships for employees of the Belize Zoo, local tour guides specialized in eco-tourism, and recent graduates from LDC’s in Europe and the Caribbean. In 2016-17, Wildlife Institute is offering scholarships and tuition waivers for seats in all of our courses and internships at the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic. Contact jford@wildlife-institute.com to apply.

Download Scholarship Application Form

WI Scholarship Application Form - Financial Aid