OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Undergraduate Student International Co-Curricular Experiences Pilot Grant Program
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is announcing a new funding program entitled: Undergraduate Student International Co-Curricular Experiences Pilot Grant Program (USICEGP). For the duration of the two year pilot program, 10-15 grants will be awarded each year, with funding not exceeding $1,500 per award.
The purpose of this program is to provide supplemental financial support for undergraduate students who wish to further their personal, professional, and educational development by participating in a non-credit bearing international experience which is vetted and approved by the International Experiences Advisory Group.
This program was established to allow students, who may not otherwise be able to afford it, to have the opportunity to participate in international Co-Curricular experiences by providing a subsidy to help defray their out-of-pocket expenses. The goal of this program is to reduce individual students’ personal financial expenses associated with international experiences, and to provide financial access to students who may not otherwise be able to afford to participate.
The awarding of funds from the USICEGP does not serve as permission for a student to participate in the international experience for which they have submitted an application. Students must individually seek and receive approval from the appropriate University offices (i.e. the Dean of Students and the International Experiences Advisory Group (IEAG)). If the international experience requires the student to be absent from class or any other important academic commitment (i.e. exam, field trip, lab experiment etc.), the student is required to seek the necessary permissions from the faculty member of record, prior to finalizing the international experience travel plans.
Students must be at least 18 years old. OIA will give priority to those students who
- have never traveled internationally with a Lehigh sanctioned program, and
- who are currently receiving financial aid.
All awards may be considered taxable income under Federal and/or State law.
The IEAG will evaluate all of the applications submitted and will provide its recommendations to the Vice President for International Affairs, who will make the final selections. Emphasis will be placed on the students’ clarity of goals and purpose of the international experience, and what the student anticipates the outcomes to be personally and academically.
This program will be initiated on 15 December 2010 and applications will be accepted ongoing throughout each academic year. The IEAG will meet once a month to evaluate applications, which should be submitted to the IEAG at least 60 days prior to the commencement of the international experience.
Student Responsibilities upon completion of the International Experience/Program
One important goal of this program is for students who participate in an international experience to return to campus and provide opportunities for others to learn from their experience and/or to inspire other students to consider participating in an abroad experience during college. To that end, one stipulation for receiving funds from this source is that when you return from your international experience, you will complete a small project, report, or presentation to share your experience with others. Examples of projects may include: a presentation to a class you are taking or for members of a club to which you belong, creating a bulletin board or poster presentation to be displayed in an academic building or Coxe Hall, etc.
International Advisory Experience Group (IEAG)
- Richard Freeman, Director, Risk Management
- Allison Gulati, Associate Dean, Campus Involvement and Leadership
- Heather Hosfeld, Associate General Counsel
- Jerry Lennon, Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs
- Neil McGurty, Director, International Programs
- Kathy Miller, Controller
- Debra Nyby, Director, International Services
- Stacy Burger, Assistant Director International Services/ USICEGP Program Administrator
Please click for PDF Application form, print, fill, and mail to the address on the form.