Continuing and Global Education (2024)

Taking Flight Initiative

Continuing and Global Education and the Study Abroad Office is excited to announce a new and exciting program where one-time funds will supplement our existing Travel Grants for all study abroad programs in 2024!

For the Calendar year 2024,

matriculated student participants who study abroad through one of our approved vendors (CSUIP, USAC, ISEP, CIEE, SiPN, and Exchange Programs) will receive the following:

  • An additional $2,500 for semester/year-long programs + $1,500 International Travel Grant = $4,000 in total aid
  • An additional $1,000 for summer/winter programs + $1,500 International Travel Grant = $2,500 in total aid

No application is required. Details on distribution of the awards will be available soon and will be posted here. You will also be notified of specifics on the distribution of funds via an email from the Study Abroad Portal before the start of your program.

For the Calendar year 2024, Faculty-Led (short-term) program matriculated student participants will receive the following:

  • An additional $350 for Faculty-Led (short-term) programs + $1,000 International Travel Grant = $1,350 in total aid
No application is required as your faculty leader has already secured funding for your trip as a group. The award will be used to reduce the final price of your program. No direct award of funds will be made to students.

Fresno State's Continuing and Global Education International Travel Grant

This grant, funded jointly by the instructional related activities student fee and the Fresno State Passport Place, is used to help offset the travel cost of studying abroad. Participating students that qualify will be awarded automatically and no application is needed.

  • For 2023-2024, CSUIP, USAC, ISEP, CIEE, SiPN, and Exchange Program matriculated student participants will receive $1,500. Details on the award distribution of funds are pending. No application is required. You will be notified of specifics on the distribution of funds via an email from the Study Abroad Portal before the start of your program.
  • For 2023-2024, Faculty-Led matriculated student participants will receive $1,000 and the award will be used to reduce the final price of your program. No direct award of funds will be made to students. No application is required as your faculty leader has already secured funding for your trip as a group.

Fresno State’s Mark A. Mitchell Memorial Grant

The Mark A. Mitchell Memorial Grant helps fund Fresno State undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Qualified students may receive up to $1,000 towards the cost of an eligible study abroad program.

  • Mark A. Mitchell Memorial Grant

Fresno State's Shields Family Grant

The Shields Family Grant offers funds to Fresno State undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad that have a strong language component. Qualified students receive full USAC program fees and up to $1,500 to reimburse their travel expenses in the form of a CGE travel Grant.

  • Shields Family Grant

Fresno State’s Weise Grant

The Weise Grant helps fund Fresno State students who do not qualify for financial aid but have limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Recipients of this grant may receive up to $1,000 towards the cost of an eligible study abroad program in addition to funds received from the Taking Flight Initiative.


  • Undergraduate student attending Fresno State
  • Have demonstrated financial need but does not qualify for Financial Aid
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

Application Process:

Applicants will be required to submit the following:

  • Fresno State Grant Application
  • Study Abroad Program Budget
  • DPR (Degree Progress Report)
  • Weise Grant

Fresno State's USAC Partnership - Discounts and Awards

The USAC California Discount, funded by USAC, provides a $385 credit for each participating USAC student. As currently negotiated, all Fresno State students participating would get the $385 credit placed on your USAC account. This agreement with USAC is in place for students participating in USAC programs through Spring 2024 and no application is required.

Additional discounts for USAC participants may be made by Fresno State via our partnership agreement. Again, no application is required and participants will be notified if they will be receiving additional discounts or awards.

Additional scholarships and awards are available if you apply through USAC as well. Explore here:

Fresno State's Smittcamp Family Honors College - Awards

SFHC Scholars are highly encouraged to expand their knowledge horizon by participating in a variety of study abroad experiences provided by Fresno State's Study Abroad Office. The "Risa Rodemeyer Global Culture Scholarship" was established in 2017 for this purpose and is awarded on an annual basis to a selected SFHC Scholar.

National Grants and Scholarships

Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for US undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia)

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

National Security Education Program Boren Awards

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad. You must be a US citizen and planning to attend a semester or yearlong program to apply.

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. USAC students may qualify for both the General and Rainbow awards.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. Applicants must be a senior graduating from college with a Bachelor’s degree, a recent Bachelor’s degree-recipient, or a Master's or doctoral candidate. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Forty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Applicants are evaluated based on numerous factors, including academic recognition and awards, campus and community involvement, leadership experiences, and the quality and scope of the proposed program. Students do not have to be a member to apply.

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
This scholarship program criteria will vary based on the requirements of the funding organization, e.g., specific major, level of study, college/university, region of the country, etc. Scholarship amounts also vary depending on the program, usually ranging from $500 - $2,000 per year.

Region-Specific Grants and Scholarships

Chinese Government Scholarship Program

The Chinese government has been offering scholarships to students in conjunction with the American government’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, which aims to increase the number of American students studying abroad in China to 100,000 in four years. Award amounts vary but may cover part of your overall program costs, and students are granted a monthly allowance of 1400 Yuan. USAC students attending the Chengdu or Shanghai programs are eligible for this award.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major US corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 60-100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities.

BUTEX Scholarship for North American Students

Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. USAC students attending the Brighton, Bristol, London, Reading, or Stirling programs are eligible for this award.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)

ASF is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. An American non-profit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing, and membership offerings.

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Continuing and Global Education (2024)


What does continuing your education mean? ›

Continuing education - is an all-encompassing term describing additional formal learning activities that are generally not focused on a college degree outcome. The term is used mainly in the United States and Canada as the process of refreshing knowledge, skills and current practices.

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Continuing education typically refers to more formal opportunities for professional development. Sometimes, these courses or programs must have approval from an accrediting agency or professional organization to qualify as continuing education for a specific industry.

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Continuing education allows you to keep up with the latest technologies, advance your knowledge and skills and increase job opportunities. It can also help you get your high school diploma or continue your education after high school.

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More Education. More Opportunities.

Enter: continuing education. A win-win for both employees and employers, continuing your education will upgrade your skills and knowledge, helping you remain competitive in your organization while simultaneously helping your company achieve long-term viability.

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It could include degree programs, online courses, career training and so much more. Whether an employee is pursuing a ServSafe certification, a Google Career Certificate, a human resources certification, or anything else that might be necessary or helpful in their industry, it can advance their skills and career.

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If you're tired of your job and want to learn some new skills that can translate into a new role at your existing company, at a new job or even a different career path altogether, then it's time to step up your game. Either way, taking some continuing education courses can be the first step.

What are continuing education credits USA? ›

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized method of quantifying the time spent in the classroom during professional development and training activities. Ten hours of instruction = 1.0 CEU. One hour of instruction = 0.1 CEU.

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If you have taken short courses, online classes, or workshops that are relevant to your field, you can create a separate section called "Professional Development", "Continuing Education", or "Additional Training", and list the course titles, providers, and dates.

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Definition. Continuing Education (CE) is a structured approach to learning that goes beyond traditional academic settings. It involves ongoing, voluntary, and purposeful activities aimed at expanding knowledge and skills, typically after completing formal education.

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Continuing education hours means actual hours earned in continuing education courses, seminars, and workshops.

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Take Classes or an Online Course

You can take classes even if you are not a full-time college or university student. There are endless courses and learning opportunities available for non-students, including: Photography classes. Creative writing workshops.

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A continuing education unit (CEU) or continuing education credit (CEC) is a measure used in continuing education programs to assist the professional to maintain their license in their profession.

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