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What are some good ways to get funding for an MPH program and study abroad programs?

I will be starting my MPH in epidemiology in the fall and I do not have much money. My entire education has been self funded. I am very interested in being a field epidemiologist and do more hands on work. I have seen some great summer programs where students can go to developing countries and help with relief efforts. The only set back is that I don't have the money to pay out of pocket for these trips. I really want to help as much as I can. I already volunteer at two local agencies and I am with a public health group on campus. What are some ways to get funding in order to travel abroad, and are there study abroad programs for Masters of Public Health students? Thanks!
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Philipp’s Answer

Hey Omar, I am not sure about working in developing countries, but if you are generally interested in getting experience abroad, I can recommend looking into programs in Europe. Many European countries have very low costs for higher education even for foreigners. In Germany, where I studied, you only pay for some administrative costs and they are below $1,000 per semester. More and more universities offer programs that don't require German language skills- In addition, you may even be able to get some funding support for living expenses from government scholarships (e.g. DAAD). I had a couple of friends who did that. This was in a different field, but I am sure this applies elsewhere too. Good luck!
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Elise’s Answer

What a great question! When I studied in New Zealand for a semester, I was able to find an "exchange program" that was just the cost of tuition at my home college. I essentially switched places with a student from the University of Christchurch, and paid the tuition to my state school which was much cheaper. I reached out to our study abroad department and applied for a scholarship to help cover the extra costs (airfare, housing, activities). I also applied for a small personal loan which I was able to pay off first when I graduated. You should leverage your community to see if they offer any local scholarships that are less competitive.

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