Apply Now for ISLP Summer Delegations

If you’ve ever wanted to study abroad, here’s your chance! The International Scholarship Laureate Program (ISLP) allows community college students to study one of five career fields in four countries: Australia, China, New Zealand and South Africa.

Programs are major-specific and hold opportunities in Business and Entrepreneurship, Engineering and Technology, International Relations and Diplomacy, Medicine and Science, and Nursing and Health Care. The deadline to apply for summer delegations is Friday, February 26.

Worried about the cost? Don’t be: Phi Theta Kappa has partnered with ISLP to offer $10,000 in scholarships for its members to participate. Applications are due March 11. Apply today.

ISLP allowed Allan Lao to learn about his Chinese heritage first-hand. He was the first in his family to be born in the United States, and, growing up in California, he never had the opportunity to travel overseas and visit the homeland of his ancestors. In early 2015, he shared his experience with Phi Theta Kappa.

“It gave me an excuse to get out of my comfort zone,” Lao said. “It gave me a new type of excitement, I guess. I also saw it as an opportunity to advance my knowledge of engineering and culture in China.”

Lao, a member of the Alpha Sigma Delta Chapter at Merced College in California, received an $800 scholarship to help fund his trip to China during the summer of 2014. He is an aerospace/mechanical engineering major and was able to tour companies such as Pratt & Whitney Shanghai Engine Center, a Volkswagen assembly plant and one of China’s major software design companies with a group of about 30 other engineering students.

“It was nice being with people who had similar interests and education as myself,” he said. “It’s also nice to talk to people who really know what you’re talking about!

“None of us really spoke any bit of Chinese, and my knowledge of the language didn’t really help much either, but the fact that we had each other made it more interesting.”

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