The Verrazano School
As a Verrazano student, you are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program as part of your undergraduate experience. You can choose from a variety of program options including short-term (winter or summer), faculty-led, semester-long, (fall or spring) and exchange programs (fall or spring). You can apply to participate in study abroad programs organized through the College of Staten Island, other CUNY campuses, and the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS). There are many options!
While studying abroad, you can explore academic interests, develop professional goals, strengthen communication and problem-solving abilities, interact with people from different cultures, improve language skills, experience personal growth, and gain new perspective. Study abroad is also a great resume builder for graduate school and job applications. Students who study abroad often describe it as one of the most transformative experiences of their undergraduate education. To learn more about Verrazano student study abroad experiences and other activities and accomplishments of Verrazano students, please visit The Verrazano Voyager blog.
Katie Geschwendt Verrazano Study Abroad Scholarships
The Center for International Service and The Verrazano School Honors Program have partnered on a scholarship initiative for Verrazano students. All students in good standing with The Verrazano School Honors Program and who participate in CSI-sponsored study abroad programs will automatically be eligible to receive a Katie Geschwendt Verrazano Honors Study Abroad Scholarship to help defray the cost of participating in a study abroad program.
Verrazano students who participate in summer or winter CSI-sponsored study abroad programs will receive $500, and students who participate in CSI-sponsored semester-long programs will receive $1000. This includes CSI faculty-led programs, CSI programs, and CSI Exchange Ambassador Programs.
To receive the Verrazano Honors Study Abroad Scholarship,
Verrazano students must:
- Be in good standing with The Verrazano School Honors Program.
- Have been a member of The Verrazano School Honors Program for at least two semesters.
- Complete their yearly VELA and community service requirements before participating in the study abroad program.
- Apply for the CSI-sponsored study abroad program by the posted application deadline.
- Notify The Verrazano School Honors Program of their application for a CSI-sponsored study abroad program.
How can I learn more about study abroad options?
CSI offers many wonderful study abroad opportunities for students. To learn more, visit
How do I know if the program I plan to apply for is a CSI-sponsored program?
You can first check the Center for International Service website to see the list of study abroad opportunities offered directly through CSI. If you’re still not sure, contact the Verrazano office (718.982.4171) or a study abroad advisor in the Center for International Service (718.982.2100) to confirm the program’s eligibility for the scholarship.
How do I know if I’m eligible to receive the Verrazano Honors Study Abroad Scholarship?
Eligibility requirements are listed above. However, if you’d like to confirm your good standing in The Verrazano School Honors Program and be sure that your VELA and community service requirements have been completed before participating, you can check with the Verrazano office (718.982.4171).
How will I know that I've been approved to receive the Verrazano Honors Study Abroad Scholarship?
As long as you’re in good standing, you’ll be approved! Your study abroad program bill will be credited either $500 for winter/summer programs or $1000 for semester-long programs.
Can I receive the Verrazano Honors Study Abroad Scholarship more than one time?
No, students can only receive this scholarship one time. However, you’re encouraged to study abroad again if you’re bitten by the travel bug!