3 months. 17 credits. Vet medicine around the globe.
Global Veterinary Semester Abroad

Applications for 2024 are now open! 

Save $1000 by making your deposit by October 31, 2023!

Summer 2024:  May 12 – Aug 4, 2024

Explore different aspects of veterinary medicine and get hands-on experience working with different animals while traveling the world.

Trying to choose between the Thailand Veterinary Semester Abroad and the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad? Compare your options!

This global semester abroad is perfect for the student who is exploring various aspects of veterinary medicine, loves working with different kinds of animals, or has an insatiable wanderlust and wants to see three very different parts of the world while studying abroad.

Over three months, students will have endless opportunities to gain hands-on experience learning clinical skills and providing care to animals in need. With 4-week modules in Costa Rica, Thailand, and South Africa, you’ll have the chance to work with dogs and cats, elephants, marine life, and various animals of the rainforest!

Who It’s For

The semester is designed with pre-veterinary students in mind. Our small, hands-on classes are taught by veterinarians and marine science instructors with extensive experience in their fields.

We know that spending a semester abroad can be daunting for pre-vet students. We’re available to answer all your questions about credit, financial aid, and coursework to make sure this semester abroad is the perfect fit for you!


  • Learn about all aspects of care and management of captive wildlife
  • Go on safari through Kruger National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world and home to almost 150 large animal species (more than any other game reserve in Africa) including lions, leopards, rhino, elephants, and buffalo
  • Work as a volunteer in a South African zoo
  • Assist in wild animal conservation research in South Africa
  • Feed, study, and care for rescued elephants
  • Assist in dog neuter surgeries
  • Learn and practice small animal clinical skills
  • Tour the city of Chiang Mai, including visits to temples and local markets
  • Get SCUBA certified and learn conservation diving
  • Learn to identify marine invertebrates, tropical fish, and understand reef health
  • Lone Zebra in the woodsStay overnight in forest villages to understand their livelihoods and connections to forest ecosystems
  • Zipline through the jungle
  • Perform veterinary labs such as coprological exams and necropsies
  • Help with hands-on sea turtle research on the beach and in the boat
  • Learn about all aspects of care and management of rescued wildlife
  • Earn 200+ veterinary hours and 17 credits
  • Earn 92 animal experience and research hours

Note: the zipline equipment has a weight limit of 250lbs.

Dates Open for Application

Loop Abroad pre-vet students with a happy faces.

May 14 – Aug 6, 2023 (12 week program, no breaks)

Rolling admissions. Applications are open now!

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*These are the in-country program dates, and travel to the start and from the end of the program may add additional days.

Vet School

Infographics for Vet programs expectations.The Global Veterinary Semester Abroad is designed to enhance your pre-veterinary knowledge, skills, and experience.  Veterinary Semester Abroad helps you to earn over 200 veterinary hours which is a huge asset when applying to vet school.

Many students find that they can use their federal, state, and institutional aid, loans, and scholarships to pay the semester fee. You may be able to use your current semester tuition toward your Global Veterinary Semester Abroad and get credit at your school, and we can help you with this process. Additionally, students can choose to receive a transcript from our university partner, a fully accredited US-based institution. Please contact us so we can help you figure out your options.

The AVMA says “If you have the opportunity to work… for veterinarians who work with different species, that’s a bonus that can make you more appealing to a veterinary school admissions committee.” We’re proud to offer you that opportunity!


For programs starting after August 20, 2023, COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended, but they will no longer be required.

All participants must follow the Loop Abroad COVID policies, which include testing negative 2 days before travel, reporting symptoms if they arise during the program, masking or testing if asked to by staff, and isolating if you test positive.

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The Global Veterinary Semester Abroad is based in Costa Rica, Thailand and South Africa. From safaris to tropical islands to rainforests, students will travel the world and experience vastly different cultures, landscapes and animals. Zoom in on some of the many places our studies will take us!

South Africa

South Africa, the Rainbow Nation, is a country rich in diversity.

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Latin American Sea Turtle Project (Costa Rica)

One of the 25 biodiversity hotspots of the world, this project is surrounded by beaches, mangroves, and estuaries, and is a unique habitat for permanent and migratory species.

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Dog Rescue Clinic

The Clinic provides free care and sterilizations to village dogs and cats and overflow housing for dogs at the nearby rescue, the Animal Rescue Kingdom. All made possible by the hard work of local veterinarians and visiting veterinarians and students!

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New Heaven Reef Conservation Program on Turtle Island

Much more than just a diving school, New Heaven has more than 20 years of experience showing and preserving the island reefs and occasionally hosting sea turtles in their small nursery.

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Elephant Nature Park (ENP)

Home to over eighty elephants who are no longer able to work in elephant-based industries or have been rescued from inhumane conditions in logging, trekking, or circus operations. The Park and its founder, Lek Chailert, have been recognized time and again for tireless efforts to improve the lives of elephants in SE Asia.

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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a city of contradictions and surprises. The old city walls and brick Buddhist stupas speak to the city’s 700-year history as the center of the Lanna Kingdom.

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How It Works

Want to fit a semester abroad in three countries into your pre-veterinary education path? Here’s how it can work for you!

This page is a general overview of the process of Global Veterinary Semester Abroad, from applying to attending. For more detailed information on any of these points or personalized assistance, contact us! We are happy to help.

What is the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad?

The Global Veterinary Semester Abroad is a full semester designed for pre-vet students, or students interested in animal care and conservation. It takes place in Costa Rica, Thailand, and South Africa over 12 weeks. Each student must take all the courses, which are worth a total of 17 credits. The program does not take place on a college campus, but instead in elephant sanctuaries, dog clinics, marine research centers, and other animal facilities.

This program is a long, challenging travel program during which we will ask a lot of you, and you will demand a lot of yourself. There are times during the program where there is limited or no wifi, and some housing does not have air conditioning in the rooms. There is very little down-time and your days are very full and generally scheduled for you.

Loop Abroad is not a college. Participants in the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad will receive their credits and transcript from University of Findlay, our school of record in the US. For students who are currently in college, we can help you work with your school to transfer these credits. For participants not currently in school, you will still receive a transcript from University of Findlay.

How much does it cost?

The tuition for the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad is $21,950. It includes tuition, housing, meals, transport to class each day, transport within the program country, books, and lab fees. It does not include international airfare or health insurance costs.

If your semester has a one-week break, you will be responsible for your own housing, meals, and activities, and can either stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand (or your other break location) or travel from there during that week (at your own expense). Students will be able to stay in their student housing during that time if they choose. The Summer semester does not include a break.

There will be no group flight for this program. This means that on some flight itineraries, you may be flying alone or with a small number of other students who are participating in the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad or otherwise connecting two-week Loop Abroad programs. We will be able to help you find a flight itinerary that meets all of our arrival and departure time requirements for each country. Please DO NOT BOOK any airfare for this program without communicating with Loop Abroad to receive approval first.

Financial aid options are available. Loop Abroad offers up to $5,000 in need-based discounts per students. If you are currently a college student, we can assist you in using federal financial aid toward your Loop Abroad tuition.

Who Can Attend the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad?

This program is open to applicants age 18 and over. Most students are 18 to 25. You can be a citizen or resident of any country. You do not need to currently be in school. All courses are taught in English - no foreign language skills are necessary.

Competitive applicants plan to apply to vet school or otherwise work in a career with animals and have a demonstrated interest in working in animal science. No specific skills or experiences are required.

Step 1: Talk to your advisor. If you are currently in school, we suggest that you meet with your advisor about a semester abroad and the credits you would be transferring into your degree program. Usually your advisor will want to see syllabi for all the courses. For a copy of all the syllabi, please send an email to [email protected].

Ask your advisor to approve the credits so that you may approach your study abroad office with your plans to participate in a Loop Abroad semester. Note that the course load of 17 credits is a complete semester and you are expected to participate in all courses and class meetings during the semester.

Step 2: Apply for admission. You can apply for admission at any time, but it is best to apply at least a few months in advance so you have time to meet with the various offices on your campus and make arrangements for your study abroad. In your application, you can indicate if you are applying for financial aid from Loop Abroad, which can award need-based funds of up to $5,000 per student. You would get notice of any financial aid award with notice of admission.

The application costs $50 and includes an essay, transcript, and the contact info for two academic or professional references (like a professor or manager). Once we have a complete application, it generally takes us about a week to get you an admissions decision. You do not have to pay any program deposit until you decide that you want to attend.

Step 3: Secure funding for your semester. Once you are admitted and have your credits and study abroad experience confirmed, it is sometimes possible to use your federal financial aid if you are currently enrolled in a US college or university. Your financial aid office can help you with this process, and we will also assist you. In some cases, your school will require specific documentation from Loop Abroad and we are able to work with them to make this semester financially feasible for you.

Step 4: Pay deposit and submit necessary paperwork. Before you can be confirmed as a participating student, you must pay the deposit to hold your spot in the upcoming semester. There are only 12 spots available in order to keep the class sizes small. You will also have to complete enrollment paperwork that includes a medical form.

Step 5: Plan for your travel. Loop staff will send you an email with any logistical requirements. We can help you with everything from selecting return flights to deciding what to pack!


Step 6: Arrival in Costa Rica. Your first study location will be in Costa Rica. You will be met by Loop staff when you arrive and taken to your group housing. You will have an in-country orientation and chance to get to know your group before you start your veterinary courses. Your next location will be Thailand and lastly South Africa!

During your semester, staff is available 24/7 to support you. You will live with your fellow students and your travel between course locations will be arranged as a group by Loop Abroad, with staff traveling with you. The semester is a busy, packed schedule with lots of places to go and lots of work to do, and we’ll do it all as a group. If you have questions about the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad, from applications to safety and everything in between, reach out to us!


The Global Veterinary Semester gives you a chance to pack a full pre-veterinary semester abroad into your summer. You’ll learn about veterinary medicine in:

  • Costa Rica: Rainforest wildlife rescue and sea turtle research and conservation
  • Thailand: small animal clinic, elephant sanctuary, and marine center
  • South Africa: zoo medicine and wildlife conservation

At each location, your coursework is supplemented by culture and adventure activities that give you a chance to explore the world from new perspectives. Housing, meals, and all activities are included in your tuition.

The semester is divided into blocks so that you can focus on one course at a time immersed in a shelter, sanctuary, research, or clinic setting. With each block, you will build and practice new knowledge and skills. The coursework is demanding, but you will go home with memories of a lifetime and key experiences that will prepare you for your veterinary training and career.

The Global Veterinary Semester Abroad is comparable to a full semester of courses, including labs at your home institution, and offers a total of 17 course credits.

Please note: we have listed credits based on the number of hours of instruction, homework, and fieldwork in each course. But the number of credits you receive at your school will vary depending on how you apply for credit and how your school grants it. Through our university partner (School of Record), we can offer all students a full transcript.


The Global Veterinary Semester Abroad is made up of the following courses from our various 2-week programs. Click on the links below for detailed information about each course as well as a layout of the itinerary (order of programs may vary).


Costa Rica

Earn 3 credits by taking “Conservation of Rainforest Wildlife”, taught by Loop Vets as you observe and learn about the animals at a wildlife facility.

During this course, students will learn about rainforest conservation and animal care while assisting in helping to care for the animals, including cleaning and preparing food.

Throughout the two weeks, students will have the opportunity to perform ethograms on animals and design and implement enrichment projects for them, work with the vet to place transponders into birds so that they can be identified, and even work as a team with your veterinarians to provide free medical care for cats and dogs, including vaccinations, skin and ear treatments, and spay and neuter surgeries.

Earn 2 credit by taking ANSC 490 “Advanced Topics in Animal Science” at the sea turtle research center.

Work with LAST, Latin American Sea Turtles, helping with their sea turtle conservation projects on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Join the team for daily surveys of the reef. When you find a turtle, bring it back to measure it and document it as part of the population studies!

You’ll also join mangrove replanting and several other projects aimed at understanding and conserving these unique coastal ecosystems.


Earn 2 credits by taking “ANSC 448: Tropical Conservation and SCUBA Diving”, taught by marine science instructors as you dive in the waters off the coast of Koh Tao, Thailand.   In addition to that course they will earn 1 credit for either ANSC 449- Exploring Shallow Water Marine Life (for open water certification) or ANSC 453 – Exploring Deep Water Marine Life (for advanced open water certification).

This course will cover various topics, including tropical forest ecology, deforestation and accelerated forest recovery, climate change and its effects on all ecosystems, how local communities traditionally use forests and reefs, and how to preserve ecosystems while helping local people.

During this course you will join a course to become SCUBA certified as either Open Water or Advanced Open Water (depending on your past experience).

Students will participate in a combination of lectures and conservation diving in order to study the complexities of marine ecosystems. Students will learn about coral reef ecology and reef organisms from invertebrates to fish, reptiles, and mammals, as well as learn to identify marine invertebrates, tropical fish, and understand reef health.

Earn 3 credits by taking “Tropical Shelter Medicine, Management, and Welfare: From Companion Animals to Elephants”, taught by Loop vets alongside dogs, cats, and elephants.

During this course, you will work with our staff vet to care for dogs at the Dog Rescue Clinic, a local clinic in Thailand. Students are in the examination room in small groups, assisting with procedures and surgeries and learning hands-on from the vet. Each day will have a lecture-style portion at the clinic and a chance to put the skills learned into practice helping animals in need, culminating in two surgery days at the end of the week.

You will also spend time volunteering with rescued elephants and the world-renowned Elephant Nature Park. Students will have the chance to experience rural jungle life and witness these amazing animals roaming in their family groups.

South Africa

Earn 3 credits by taking “South Africa Zoo Husbandry and Management”, taught by Loop vets.

You’ll start off your time in South Africa at the Lory Park Zoo in Johannesburg. Lory Park is an animal and owl sanctuary with a focus on education and conservation. Lory Park is one of only a handful of institutions in Africa accredited by the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquaria.

Your course is made specifically for pre-vet students and combines lectures, volunteer hours, and hands-on training to provide you with unique zoo experience. Your time at the zoo will include lectures and presentations on genetics mutations, conservation medicine, reptiles in captivity, amputee animals, big cats in captivity, and other topics, but it goes far beyond lectures.

You will be able to learn about and assist in creating enrichments and training for primates, cats, and birds, including learning to fly owls. You will help to design and create enrichments for zoo animals. You will learn about and practice animal care such as cub weighing, wing and nail clipping and capture and restraint of birds of prey, health checks on donkeys, vaccinations of primates, and deworming of birds. You will be given safety training and training and experience on proper handling and free and protected contact techniques. You will also assist in food preparation, enclosure cleaning, and enclosure maintenance daily, and help with community outreach projects.


Earn 3 credits by taking “ABCs of African Big Cats: Anatomy, Behavior, and Conservation”, taught by Loop vets right alongside the cats themselves.

During this course, students will split their time between learning about big cats and participating in hands labs.

The exact dates, order of courses, and specific course activities are subject to change.


We know studying abroad is a big investment. If you are currently in college or university, we can help you to work with your school to get credit for your Loop Abroad courses and be able to access federal financial aid to use toward your Loop Abroad tuition.

If you are considering applying, let us know! We can walk you through each step from talking with your school advisors to making the program affordable for you.

Semester Tuition

The Global Veterinary Semester Abroad comprehensive fee of $21,950 covers much more than just tuition:

  • Tuition for 17 course credits, including an official transcript from our university partner, University of Findlay
  • Housing in all program locations (accommodation during break not included)
  • All meals during the semester (except during break week)
  • Activities in every location (such as ziplining, rafting, etc.)
  • Transportation to class each day and transportation for field courses, including airfare within Thailand between program locations
  • Course readings and materials (no books to purchase)
  • Clinic and lab supplies
  • SCUBA certification

That means that you do not pay any additional fees for labs, books, housing, or meals during your program.

Note: The semester fee DOES NOT include international airfare.


The Gilman Scholarship could fund $5000 of your tuition and the next deadline is March 1, 2022 at 11:59pm Pacific Time!

If you are a US citizen receiving a Pell Grant and currently enrolled in college or university, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship! See the official website for the latest details and read about Loop Abroad students who have received this scholarship.

Financial Aid

Many students studying abroad use financial aid such as grants, scholarships, and/or loans to help pay their tuition and program fees.

Because we offer transcripts through our US university partner (School of Record), you may be able to use your state, federal, and/or institutional aid and loans towards the semester tuition. Generally, the first step is to get your credits approved by your current school – and we are happy to help!

There are also several outside scholarships designed for students studying abroad. We suggest that you talk to your financial aid office for recommendations. We will support your application!

Loop Abroad also offers a limited number of awards for semester students ranging from $500 to $5,000 based on qualifications and financial need.

If you aren’t sure where to start, please contact us! The sooner you start the process, the easier it is to communicate with your school about credits and financial aid.

Vet Hours

We understand pre-vets. You can’t let a semester pass without making progress towards a competitive vet school application. Join us for animal experiences you can’t get anywhere else on the planet all while developing hands-on veterinary skills, building your resume, and having an amazing adventure around the world. You won’t waste a moment.

Research and Veterinary Experience Hours

When you apply to vet school, you have to describe and record hours for three kinds of experiences: research experiences, veterinary experiences, and animal experiences.

In our semester, you’ll log 200+ hours working with a veterinarian and 85+ additional hours of animal experience and research.

Explore Many Areas of Veterinary Medicine

Studying abroad in three different countries means you’ll get to experience a ton of different areas of veterinary medicine, which can be an advantage for admission to vet school. North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine says:
“… [S]upervised experiences in three or more different areas are highly recommended for a competitive application…. small animal, large animal, research, food animal production, exotic, aquatic, wildlife, zoological medicine”

Loop offers veterinarian-supervised experiences in six of these areas!

  • Small animals
  • Research
  • Exotic animals
  • Aquatic animals
  • Wildlife
  • Zoological medicine

Referring to who gets into vet school, the AVMA says…
“If you have the opportunity to work …for veterinarians who work with different species, that’s a bonus that can make you more appealing to a veterinary school admissions committee. Get as much experience as you can while you have the opportunity.”

The Global Veterinary Semester Abroad gives you varied experience in a module schedule, so you’ll have one course at a time, and you and your classmates can focus on learning material and skills from the vet or vets leading your course. You’ll also get to know your vets well because of the small class size and hands-on nature of your coursework, which allows you to learn about their experience in the veterinary profession and allows them to get to know you well enough to write recommendation letters.

Cross-cultural Shelter and Clinical Experience

According to the AVMA, “volunteering at shelters or rescues can provide animal handling experience that will help make you a better candidate [for veterinary school].”

With Loop, you’ll study shelter management while assisting in a shelter. You’ll study marine vertebrates and then identify them while diving over a coral reef. You aren’t just shadowing at the clinic down the road — you’re learning first-hand about the communication challenges of practicing in cross-cultural organizations.

Our semester is designed to give you not only technical knowledge and animal handling experience, but the cultural and communication skills to make the most of your training.

Workshops to Support you in your Veterinary Goals

We offer faculty-led workshops and advising to help you with every aspect of applying to Veterinary School and advancing your career. Covered topics include:

  • Writing and updating a resume
  • How to talk about your experiences in interviews
  • Seeking and finding additional experience
  • Securing letters of recommendation
  • Writing an admissions essay
  • The vet school application process
  • Veterinary career options

How to Apply

The Global Veterinary Semester Abroad is open to students from all academic backgrounds, not just pre-vet students.

We welcome students to study with us as a gap year after high school to decide if they want to pursue a veterinary education. We also welcome students who have completed an undergraduate degree but want to enhance their vet school application.

We are proud to often host students on their first trip abroad as well as students who are seasoned international travelers. You do not need to be a US citizen to apply.

We understand studying abroad is a big decision — we’ll walk you through every step. We can help you figure out if it’s a good fit and how research, internship, and course credit, as well as financial aid, would work for you.

Who Can Apply

In order to enroll in the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad, applicants must meet the following requirements by the time the semester begins.

  • Eighteen years or older (most students are 18 to 25)
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Passport valid for 6 months from the end of the program
  • Healthy enough to travel and work outside in hot, humid climate
  • Able to swim

What makes a competitive applicant?

Each course in the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad is a group of up to 12 students, who work closely with one another and with their veterinarians and instructors. For this reason, the #1 skill we look for in an application is the ability to work as part of a team.

We’re looking for students who understand what the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad entails and are eager to work hard, support their classmates, and get their hands dirty.

We don’t require any specific animal experience, but a demonstrated interest in working with animals or in veterinary medicine will strengthen your application. We don’t require a certain GPA, but strong applicants generally have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Your application is more than just your GPA. We do not consider standardized test scores in our admissions decisions.

I’m ready to apply – what now?

Once you’re ready to apply, you can click on the “apply now” link below and choose from our available program dates to get started.

The application for the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad has a $50 application fee, and will require your transcript, resume, 2 academic or professional references, and includes an essay component. Please note that upon acceptance to the program, your spot is not guarantee until the non-refundable deposit of $5,000 is paid.

If you’d like our help before applying to make sure that your credits will transfer to your current college or university and that you’ll be able to successfully fit the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad into your academic schedule, please contact [email protected] for assistance.

Trying to choose between the Thailand Veterinary Semester Abroad and the Global Veterinary Semester Abroad? Compare your options!
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There are lots of ways to help fund your online and travel programs with Loop Abroad, and we are here to help!

Scholarships are a terrific way to cover some or all of your tuition for a Loop Abroad program. When you look for scholarships for pre-vet programs, you need to look at all your options!

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship:

The Gilman Scholarship could fund $5000 of your tuition and the next deadline is March 9 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time! 

The Gilman Scholarship was designed to help students of limited financial means have the opportunity to study abroad – online or in-person. Nearly a third of applicants are awarded the scholarship! This is a great opportunity to help cover your tuition.

Students can receive up to $5,000 for travel or virtual programs. The scholarship can be applied to any of our online programs, to our semester programs, or one of our 2-week programs.

Along with their application, students must submit two essays, the Statement of Purpose Essay, and the Community Impact Essay. Students must also upload their transcripts (unofficial or official). For more information on the application guidelines, please click here.

See the official website and read about Loop Abroad students who have received this scholarship. If you are a US citizen receiving a Pell Grant and currently enrolled in college or university, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship. The March 2023 Deadline application will open in mid-January 2023 for applicants whose in-person programs or internships start between May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024. This cycle encompasses Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Academic Year 2023-2024, and Spring 2024 programs or internships. The application deadline is Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 11:59pm Pacific Time, and the advisor certification deadline is Thursday, March 16, 2023.

Loop Abroad “Vet Squared” Initiative

Loop Abroad has committed $10,000 in annual funding to program participants joining us from a military background. If you are active duty military or are a veteran, and are considering a career in veterinary medicine, we hope you’ll consider applying to join a Loop Abroad program.

Scholarships of $500 – $1,000 are available for in-person programs. Scholarships of $1,000 – $3,000 are available for select self-paced virtual programs, which can cover the full cost of a virtual program.

Please find more details here.

Loop Abroad Dr. Erica Ward Scholarship

Focused elephant imageLoop Abroad is offering one FULL TUITION scholarship to cover one travel program (up to 2 weeks) of your choice.  Applications for 2023 are now CLOSED. Applications for 2024 will re-open in January 2024. We’re proud to add this to the list of scholarships for pre-vet programs.

Who can apply: This scholarship is open to all students age 18 and over. You do not have to be a US Citizen. You do not have to be currently in school. 

You do not have to complete an application to Loop Abroad in order to be selected for the scholarship. The scholarship winner must be able to complete the Loop Abroad enrollment paperwork, requiring a doctor’s signature, and must meet all safety requirements of program enrollment.

Note: if you have already applied to Loop Abroad and been accepted, you can still apply for this scholarship. If you have made any payments toward tuition and later receive the scholarship, your payments will be refunded.

Criteria for selecting the scholarship recipient: 

We will consider financial need, commitment to conservation and/or animal science, academic performance, and ability to be a positive team member as factors in our decision. We are not looking for the applicant with the highest grades or the most animal hours. We are not looking for the applicant with the saddest story. We are looking for a student who embodies Loop Abroad’s values of teamwork, commitment to a cause, and hard work, and for a student who would not be able to otherwise afford Loop Abroad tuition (whether because of household income or recent change in circumstances).

Scholarship details:

This scholarship covers tuition to one Loop Abroad program with a duration of 1 to 2 weeks in the summer of 2023. It is not transferable to other individuals or future semesters. It does not include airfare, travel or medical insurance, passport, college credit fees (optional), visa (if required), or any optional incidentals during your program. Please understand that a full tuition scholarship does not make travel completely free: passport, airfare, and other expenses depend on the program location.

Once a scholarship winner is chosen, the winner will need to complete full application paperwork for Loop Abroad. The winner must then also complete the enrollment paperwork, which includes waiver forms and a medical form signed by a doctor indicating that you are able to safely participate in a travel program.

The scholarship winner agrees that Loop Abroad may publicize the awarding of the scholarship, including the recipient’s information such as name and current university. The scholarship winner will be subject to all regular rules of participating in a Loop Abroad program.

How to apply:
To apply, you must complete the following three steps:

  1. Apply for the Loop Abroad Dr. Erica Ward Scholarship here. The application requires a copy of your proof of household income (such as last year’s tax return).
  2. Follow @LoopAbroad on Instagram (instagram.com/loopabroad) and make an Instagram post about the program you’re hoping to join, tagging @loopabroad and #loopabroad in the post. You do not need to mention that you have applied for a scholarship.

Dr. Erica Ward holding a black dog and an elephant at the background and an elephant dogWhy is it called the Erica Ward Scholarship? Dr. Erica Ward is our Academic Director. We believe that she embodies the values we are seeking in our scholarship applicants: she is passionate, dedicated, hard-working, and driven to make the world a better place. Dr. Ward consistently strives to find ways that Loop Abroad can support projects in need and help its students and alumni have fulfilling academic opportunities. We have decided to name this scholarship after her to honor her continued commitment to her values and purpose. (PS – She isn’t dead. Please don’t write your essay about honoring her legacy. She is very much alive and still working here. If you are a finalist for the scholarship, she will read your essay.)

The scholarship will be credited toward tuition for the winning student toward the Loop Abroad program of their choice.

The scholarship is non-transferable. If the student cannot attend, the scholarship will be void – it is not a cash prize and cannot be paid as such. Applicants must be over the age of 18. Citizens and residents of any country may apply.

ALL PARTICIPANTS IN LOOP ABROAD TRAVEL PROGRAMS MUST BE VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19. All participants are subject to other COVID requirements, such as providing a negative COVID test taken within the 2 days prior to travel. If you are unable to meet these requirements, you may use your scholarship toward a Loop Abroad online program of your choice within the 2023 calendar year.

Loop Abroad reserves the right not to grant a travel scholarship for the 2023 year if there are no qualified applicants who have applied by the deadline.


The Gilman-McCain Scholarship:

Young lady holding a blue parrotThe Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona.

This scholarship is open to US citizen undergraduate students who are child dependents of active duty service members and receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid. Students can receive awards of up to $5,000 for 2+ weeks of international travel or online programs. The scholarship can be applied to any of our online programs,  semester programs, or 2-week travel programs.

The deadline for this scholarship is March 9, 2023.

Freeman-Asia Scholarships:

Smiling woman hanging on a ropeThe Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. This scholarship is open to both US citizens and permanent residents who are undergraduate students at a two-year or four-year college or university.

Recipients can receive up to $3,000 in awards for summer programs. This scholarship can be applied to our Thailand programs for 2+ weeks.

In order to apply, students must fill out an online application. Read the scholarship instructions here and the eligibility requirements here.

All student applications for Academic Year 2023-2024, including the following terms: Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Academic Year 2023-2024, Spring 2024, and Calendar Year 2024, are expected to open in February 2023.

The Fund for Education Abroad:

Loop Abroad scholarships student checking heartbeat of the tigerThe Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial needs who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate in any international education program that meets their academic objectives.

This scholarship is open to US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the US. Scholarships range from $1,250 – $10,000.

Along with their application, students must submit a financial aid form (filled out by the financial aid office at their school), one recommendation letter, and a copy of their unofficial transcript.

Applications for Spring 2023 (programs from January- May) are due by September 15, 2022 at 12pm (noon) EST. Students may review the scholarship and application instructions here.

Scholarships of note that you can apply for through the Fund for Education Abroad include:

  • The Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship – for students studying abroad in Southeast Asia
  • Boston Area Study Abroad Association Scholarship – for students with schools in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Connecticut.
  • Rainbow Scholarship – For LGBTQI students that participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.
  • Malú Alvarez Global Access Scholarship- Five scholarships for semester-long programs to be awarded for study in any country.
  • NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship– These funds are awarded to African-American undergraduate students in the United States who hope to study abroad.
  • Gateway International Group Education Abroad Scholarship- Scholarship awarded to those who are first-generation college students, or those whose home or college of study is in Kentucky.

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SeniorCare.com Aging Matters Scholarship

SeniorCare.com continues to bring more awareness to the key issues we face as an aging population. For the 8th consecutive year, we will be awarding an annual college scholarship to an individual that best demonstrates to us why “Aging Matters” to them. A $1500 scholarship will be given annually to a selected college student that currently cares for an aging loved one, works within the senior community, or intends to pursue a career that will have an impact on the elder population. Any existing student (or incoming freshman), in good academic standing, at a 2 or 4-year accredited college can apply for this scholarship. The recipient will demonstrate a unique and admirable understanding and desire to show us that “Aging Matters” to them.

All applicants can get more information and apply online here. Applications are due May 15, 2023.

First Trip

FirstTrip.org offers scholarships for students who are studying abroad for the first time. At the time of writing, Thailand, Costa Rica, and Belize programs would be eligible for these $1,500 scholarships. Find out more and apply at FirstTrip.org. Applications are rolling and suggested to be submitted at least 3 months before your program. They also have funding available for passports ($130) as well as some other supplemental awards.