Don't let money hold you back
Going abroad is expensive, there’s no getting around that. International flights, visas and travel necessities add up. On the plus side, we have put a lot of work into reducing our programme fees, and the countries we offer experiences in are far cheaper than most western countries. The corollary to this is that the stipends are lower than salaries in most western countries.
If you or your parents have the financial means to self-fund the experience, consider it an investment in your future. Not everyone does, though, and we truly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from our programmes. Therefore, we have compiled a number of funding opportunities below, along with funding resources we have developed ourselves. We would also encourage you to contact your university directly – they often have all sorts of grants and scholarships designed specifically for you to go on programmes like ours.
We run a campus ambassador programme which gives you the opportunity to earn money by doing simple promotional work for us (whether or not you then choose to come to Asia with us). This could be as simple as putting up a poster or encouraging your friends to like us on Facebook – but if you want to give a presentation about us at a career fair we’re certainly not going to say no*!
Commissions we offer:
China $80 Vietnam $50 Nepal $30
Cambodia $30 Thailand $30 Vietnam $30 Nepal $20 Bali $15
Start-up Experience $80
Language Master $80
We find a part-time job in our program country (select destinations)
Part-time job during your time in China: We will seek out part-time job opportunities for you while you are here. Most of the jobs will be teaching English or your native language. The hourly salary for teaching is between RMB 100 to RMB 200 ($15 to $30). Please note that we can’t guarantee the availability of part-time job opportunities as this is dependent on the market demands and if your qualification meets the school’s requirements. If you are a native or near-native English speaker there will very likely be opportunites available.
Pay the upfront free using your stipend
We receive the stipend from the host company on your behalf (in China only). The monthly stipend varies between RMB 1000 to RMB 4000. We keep 50% of your monthly stipend from the host company, saving you $70 to $300 in upfront monthly fees.
If you apply at least six months before the internship, we can allow you to pay in monthly instalments to spread the cost and help you budget your finances better.
Funding (Government & Universities)
Funding for the UK
2. International Work Experience Scheme (University Of Birmingham)
3. The Gatewat Busary (University Of Birmingham – Birmingham Business School)
4. Sir Godfrey Collins Travelling Scholarship (University Of Glasgow)
7. Scholarship search (scholarship-search.org.uk)
Funding for the US
1. AIFS Abroad Scholarship
2. Asian Cultural Council – (Apply July 1st, no results until following year in Spring)
3. Boren Scholarship
4. Freeman Asia
5. Fund for Education Abroad
6. Fund My Travel
7. Fulbright Scholarship
8. Gilman Scholarship
9. Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarships
10. Hispanic Scholarship Fund
12. IIE Study Abroad Funding
13. Rotary International
14. US Department of Education – Student Aid on the Web, The Student Guide to Financial Aid, Student Aid Search
Funding for Sweden
2. Stipendier.se - one of many sites that find relevant scholarships for a fee
3. Stipendielistan - large searchable scholarship database
Funding for all countries
1. Huayu Enrichment Program
There are a number of crowdfunding sites which allow you to raise money for any cause. Some of these may be useful to raise money for your placement, including:
Bear in mind that backers, sponsors and investors from these sites will often want something in return – this could be a postcard for any donations over a certain amount, committing to donate a certain percentage of the money to charity or keeping a weekly blog where you promote your sponsors.
myTab – Create your own travel wishlist page which you can distribute to friends and family
Work For 10 Work at Home Jobs for Universty Students