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Wildlife Institute International Student Scholarships

Spring & Summer Scholarship Application Deadline Jan. 15th

Study abroad has become a requisite part of University student life. Vet schools and residency programs seek applicants with clinical experience and students seek international experience to help them gain a competitive edge. Veterinary scholarships are scarce. At the Wildlife Institute, our study abroad programs are life-changing opportunities for students to cultivate their global perspective while participating in world-class veterinary study abroad programs. 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 proactive 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.

The Wildlife Institute (WI) provides scholarships for promising undergraduate and veterinary students who demonstrate both academic merit and financial need. Scholarships may be applied to Wildlife Institute internships and courses and cover up to 50% of the program fees. Scholarship funding is limited and allocated on a merit and needs basis, and by order of application received. Students must first be accepted to a Wildlife Institute program. 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.

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: