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Veterans and Military-Affiliated Students

With the expansion of veterans benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, UofSC is pleased to welcome an increasing number of veterans and military-affiliated students to campus. Likewise, the Study Abroad Office is seeing a record number of students who wish to use their veteran’s benefits towards a study abroad program. This is a fantastic way to participate in further global experiences, complementing your international experiences gained through the military.

Questions to consider with an Advisor/by yourself:
  • How is the military viewed in my host country?
  • What unique perspectives can I contribute towards my study abroad experience? What do I hope to gain from my study abroad experience?
  • What military/family/school obligations at home do I need to consider when planning?
  • Can I apply my veteran’s benefits to my study abroad program?
  • Have I met with both Veterans and Military Services and the Study Abroad Office?
  • Are there similar local VA organizations or clubs in the area I am traveling to where I could meet others?
Veteran's Benefits and Study Abroad:
  • Global Exchange Program: with this type of program, you will be paying tuition directly to UofSC at the in-state rate; because of this, it is often easier to get your benefits certified to participate
  • Global Classroom Program: similar to the Global Exchange Program, tuition comes directly to UofSC; further, these short-term programs are often more feasible for students who have military/family obligations at home and can’t be gone for longer periods of time
  • Global Direct Program: participants pay tuition directly to the host institution; for this reason, you will need to ensure that there is a School Certifying Official (SCO) at your host institution who will agree to certify your benefits; you can verify this through the Study Abroad Office or by visiting WEAMS
  • Global Partner Program: sometimes called a “third-party provider,” SCOs are often less likely to certify benefits for these programs because you would be paying your tuition and fees to a third party; if you were interested in a Global Partner Program, plan to meet with the Study Abroad Office to discuss the process
Resources:
  • VA Post-9/11 GI Bill: Study Abroad Program: Official information from the Veterans Benefits Administration on how the Post-9/11 GI Bill may apply to study abroad program fees and tuition. Use this as a resource as you work with the UofSC School Certifying Officials to certify your benefits for your study abroad program.
  • The Last Continent: Follow UofSC student Brooks Herring, a Navy veteran, as he describes, in mesmerizing and honest detail, his experience abroad in Australia.
  • From Soldier to Student: Kaylee Tindle, an Army veteran, studies in Morocco with ISA (a UofSC-approved Global Partner Program). In this brief letter, she reflects on her reasons for wanting to study abroad.
  • An Interview with Melissa Clemens, Navy Veteran and Study Abroad Alum: Learn from Melissa, who studied abroad in Milan, Italy, as she reflects on why she chose to study abroad, what the process was like for using her VA benefits, and some of her more memorable moments.
  • An Interview with Kelsey Norris, U.S. Air Force Veteran and KU Study Abroad Alum: Kelsey studied in Hiratsuka, Japan and reflects on her study abroad program and how her veteran identity played into this experience abroad.

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