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Top US unis offering their students study abroad scholarships

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The US Department of State has published a list of the country’s top producers of ‘Gilman scholars‘, US students who gained scholarships to study abroad.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Award, or Gilman award as it is more commonly known, is designed to allow undergraduate students who would otherwise be financially ill-equipped to study abroad to do so.

To be eligible, you must be a recipient of the Pell Grant, which is available under federal student aid for domestic students only. It is open to students at both two-year and four-year colleges.

Whether you want to attend a small college or a large one, on a four-year or two-year degree, if you are a US student hoping to study in your home country but experience a taste of the study-abroad lifestyle there is likely to be an institution for you below.

Small colleges Number of awards
Spelman College 20
Berea College 19
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 15

If you want to head to a small college yet still have reasonable chances at nabbing a study abroad scholarship, Spelman, Berea and Worcester Polytechnic are your best bet.

Medium colleges Number of awards
Georgetown University 25
George Washington University 22
University of Rhode Island 14

Want the benefits of the tight-knit community of a small college with the exciting perks of a large one? Georgetown, George Washington and Rhode Island are the universities to enroll in for your chances at a Gilman award.

Large colleges Number of awards
University of California, Berkeley 97
University of Texas at Austin 53
University of California, Davis 47

The University of California, Berkeley came out on top overall, with nearly 100 scholarships awarded.  With a still-impressive number hovering around the 50 mark, Texas at Austin and California, Davis came in at second and third, respectively.

Associate’s-granting colleges Number of awards
Portland Community College 11
San Antonio College 11
Johnson County Community College 5

If you don’t want to do a four-year degree then Portland Community College, San Antonio and Johnson County are the best colleges for you, offering two-year Associate’s degrees.

The tables are based on the institutions that had the largest number of Gilman awardees in the 2016-17 intake. The small colleges were determined as having under 5,000 undergraduates, medium colleges between 5,000 and 15,000, and large colleges more than 15,000.

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