High School Study
Abroad Scholarship Program
are existing academic-year-long study abroad programs that cost less than these
figures. For examples, note that Portland based Education, Travel and Culture
offers academic year programs with fees ranging from to $5,500 to $7,950, not
including airfare, from countries ranging from Brazil to Sweden.
(3) There is a national organization, the Council for Standards on International Educational Travel (CSIET) that “identifies reputable international youth exchange programs.” So, to be eligible for public funding, a study abroad program must either be listed with this CSIET or approved by the Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction.
(4) Students would not be able to use other funds (especially family funds) to pay for these study abroad programs except under the following circumstances: (a) additional (over and above the 90%) public or private funding is provided for a group of at least five students, there is sufficient notice for all interested students to apply, and selection among eligible students is done by lottery; or (b) the student will study in a foreign language that is determined to be of critical strategic importance to Oregon or the US (to include at a minimum Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Mandarin, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Marathi, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Tajik, Turkish, Urdu, and Uzbek.) in which case private (family or other) funds can be added to public funds for an individual student.
(5) Currently students studying abroad are granted credit for specific courses towards graduation requirements at the discretion/judgment of their high school (usually a counselor). For students whose foreign language fluency is such that they will take courses in a foreign high school, this system can continue. Such student may also waive the 1.0 credit for Global Studies, 1.0 credit for English, 1.0 Science credit and 1.0 math credit from their graduation requirements. But for students studying languages of critical strategic importance to Oregon and the US (see above), who may not be in regular foreign high school classes, who may or may not be in a regular foreign high school, but study only the foreign language for four hours or more a day in whatever setting, they should be given 4.0 credits for foreign language study, 1.0 credits for Global Studies, and 1.0 credits for English, plus one year of math and science each should be waived from their graduation requirements.
must be fluent in English.
(1) Department of Education’s Open Book: http://www.openbooksproject.org/district.aspx.
(2) Education, Travel and Culture: http://www.edutrav.org/study-fees.asp.
(3) Andeo: http://www.andeo.org/html/mexico2.html.
(4) Council for Standards on International Educational Travel (CSIET): http://www.csiet.org/mc/page.do.
(5) For info on “critical need languages” see http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2006/58733.htm and http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:JZy9pFCJqD8J:us.fulbrightonline.org/documents/fulbright_language.doc+critical+language+initiative&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=us&client=firefox-a ,