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Probably one of the most frequently asked questions is: Can I afford it?

With very few exceptions the answer is YES. With careful planning and monthly payments instead of one lump payment, traveling to foreign locations is possible! Below are a few suggestions to help you finance your adventure.

Ask the International Studies Program Chair about Fundraising Opportunities (

Set up a crowd funding site (i.e. or

Ask family/friends if they would like to donate

Think about your day-to-day spending habits.

When you go to buy something, ask yourself - "Do I really need this, or do I just want this?" If the answer is "I just want this", put that money in your travel fund. You would be amazed at how quickly money can accumulate in a month.

There are scholarship opportunities as well:

Murray State College Office of International Studies scholarship - variable award amounts

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - a nationally competitive award for Pell grant recipients

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