Virtual International Opportunities
Students should indicate in the Gilman online application system if they will be participating in a virtual program. The following options are considered eligible virtual international programs, all of which must be credit-bearing:
- Online courses at an institution based outside of the United States;
- Via direct enrollment, an exchange program or a program provider;
- Virtual faculty-led study abroad programs;
- Virtual international internships;
- Virtual intensive language programs at an institution based outside of the United States; and/or
- Students may also propose internationally-focused virtual programs for review by Gilman Program staff. They should email Gilman@iie.org.
The entirety of the virtual program must be at minimum three weeks (21 days) if you are attending a 4-year institution OR two weeks (14 days) if at a two-year institution.
The Gilman Program cannot provide funding for a program in a country with a Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4. If you participate in a virtual program as a Gilman Scholar, your program must be completed from within the U.S. or a country with a Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2.
Virtual Hybrid Programs
Virtual hybrid programs are allowed with the following parameters: Gilman considers a program as hybrid if altogether the virtual and in-person components are needed to meet the program length requirement of at least 21 days for students from four-year institutions or 14 days for students from two-year institutions.
However, if the program’s virtual or in-person component meets the program length requirement on its own, the student must indicate their program as only virtual or in-person.
For any hybrid or in-person program, the location must have an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2 at least four weeks prior to the program start date.
Eligible expenses for virtual international programs
The Gilman Scholarship may be used to fund costs related to participation in a virtual international program. Eligible expenses include:
- Program tuition/fees
- Program deposit fee
- Books and course materials – including online access to books, articles, course readings
- Disability-related accommodations
- Transcript fees
- Up to $500 to put towards technology costs, including but not limited to:
- Software required for program
- Technical equipment (headset, video camera, laptop)
- Internet access fees