Delaware Diplomats

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Delaware Diplomats Scholarship Program 

The Delaware Diplomats Scholarship Program was founded in 2014 as a means of increasing access to UD study abroad for all members of the University community and to reward students for their engagement with the world on UD’s campus. 

As Diplomats, students can earn up to $1,500 toward UD Study Abroad by completing badges in World Knowledge, Intercultural Friendship and Study Abroad Preparation. In addition to earning a scholarship, Diplomats join a tight-knit community, prepare for their time abroad and develop the skills that will give them a competitive edge in the global job market.

Apply May 1 - September 15

Apply 

The Institute for Global Studies annually invites applicants for the Delaware Diplomats Scholarship Program from May 1 to September 15. The program is best suited for current UD freshmen and sophomores but is also open to juniors.

To confirm enrollment in the Delaware Diplomats Program, students are required to attend one of two orientation sessions and complete a brief online assessment. To maintain active enrollment in the Program, students must attend monthly Diplomat meetings and participate each semester in at least three activities toward badge completion.

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Please note: Students have up to two years and up until the application deadline for their intended study abroad program to earn Diplomat awards. Students who enroll as Diplomats in  the 2019-20 academic year may utilize earned awards no earlier than the 2021 Winter Session.

Questions?

Contact us anytime at DEDiplomats@udel.edu or call the Institute for Global Studies Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (302) 831-2852. 

Earn Badges

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World Knowledge 

The World Knowledge badge signifies that you have expanded your understanding of other countries and cultures. Diplomats attend five international/intercultural events and submit a reflection for each to earn this five-point badge worth $500 toward UD study abroad.

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Intercultural Friendship

The Intercultural Friendship badge signifies that you have developed a connection with at least one person from a culture different from your own. Participate for a full semester in the ELI American Host Partner Program (AHPP) and submit your Digital Story to earn this five-point badge worth $500 toward UD study abroad. This badge must be completed within a single academic semester.

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Study Abroad Preparation

The Study Abroad Preparation badge signifies that you have acquired skills needed to support a successful experience abroad. Participate in the five IGS-sponsored workshops (bring your UDID!), offered each semester, to earn this five-point badge worth $500 toward UD study abroad. 

Once accepted, Diplomats will receive additional details on monthly meetings and instructions on earning badges.

Study Abroad

Maintain Your Award 

Please note, you will be required to repay your scholarship award in full if you:

  • Get a serious judicial violation before the program begins; 

  • Are dismissed from a program due to improper conduct; or 

  • Withdraw from a program after funds have been spent on your behalf.

Pay it Forward

If you receive an IGS award, you will be asked to: 

  • Email IGS your 2 best photos depicting what you have learned about your host culture. 

  • Contribute brief, weekly written submissions and photos for the UDAbroad Blog

Additional instructions will be given to you prior to departure. 

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