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Capstone Scholars Study Abroad

Peru: Cultural & Socio-economics of Latin America (Details) (Application HERE)

COLA 298,002 (3)
Friday May 9 to Friday May 23
Led by: James Byrum and Erin Wilson
Basic Program Fee: $3,030 (tentative) plus the cost of tuition and airfare
Non-refundable deposit: $350
Deadline to apply: December 1, 2013
Provider: International Studies Abroad (http://studiesabroad.com/)


Application Information: 30 students max will be selected for these trips. Students who turn in a COMPLETE application first will be given higher priority in the selection process. To be considered complete, you must fill out the application link below, and submit the non-refundable deposit (a check made payable to University of South Carolina) to Erin Wilson, in the Study Shack at 11 Gibbes Ct. Should you not be accepted into the program, your deposit will be returned. You may apply for any, or all of the 3 trips, but there is no guarantee you will go on both the Spring Break and one of the Maymester trips.

Payment Information: Each trip has a payment schedule that includes the non-refundable deposit, and then three additional payment dates of approximately 1/3 of the total cost of each program. We will work with you to accommodate your financial situation, but in some cases we are constrained by the vendor timelines and will have to be inflexible. Please let us know if you have any concerns.

  non-refundable deposite Payment 1 Payment 2 Payment 3 USC tuition
Peru $350 (on or before 12/1) $1080 (on or before 12/15) $800 (on or before 1/29) $800 (on or before 3/1) $1353

Scholarship Information: We have tried to plan our dates and deadlines in consideration of scholarship award notifications. The Scholarships & Financial Aid page on the Study Abroad website is a great starting point and offers many more scholarship possibilities (like Undergraduate Departmental Scholarships). Some highlighted scholarships to consider are:

Passport Travel Grant: You must apply by the posted deadline, prior to the Maymester/summer you plan to study abroad. You can apply for the award multiple times, however you can only receive the award once. You cannot delay the award; it must be used for the Maymester/summer listed on your application. Awards are between $1500 and $2000. Application forms and more information can be found here: Passport Travel Grant Information

Beyond Boundaries: The Beyond Boundaries Award is a financial award of $2000 or more to be used to help fund a Maymester/summer study abroad experience. The goal of this scholarship is to help students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in study abroad to make an overseas experience possible. Traditionally underrepresented students include but are not limited to the following:
o students with significant financial need
o students from diverse ethnic backgrounds
o students with disabilities
o first-generation students (those whose parents have not obtained a college degree)
o students in fields of study underrepresented in study abroad (ex. Sciences, Engineering, Math, etc.)
o students in the Gamecock Guarantee program at USC
Application forms and more information can be found here: Beyond Boundaries Award Information

Other costs to consider:
Travel Insurance: $30
Airfare: varies
Passport: $135-$165
Visa fee: varies
Airport departure tax: varies
Immunizations: varies
Excess baggage fees: varies
Meal money: varies
Fun money: varies
Tips/gratuities: varies