There is little doubt that an international experience
is one of the most life-changing events for a college student.
That is what one hears from students when they
return, particularly from those who have never even
been abroad in their lives. Cost is usually mentioned
as the major barrier for Americans to have such an
experience. And this barrier can be particularly high for
minority and first-generation college students.
Yet, there is a little known but very successful federal
program known as The Benjamin A. Gilman International
Scholarship Program that serves to help U.S. college students
interested in going abroad.