Alert

Program Update

Meet My World (MMW) Grant is cautiously re-opened for pairs to apply for travel during summer 2022.

Meet My World is a travel grant opportunity administered through International Student Programs, made possible through a gift from a generous donor.

The purpose of the grant is to give international students the opportunity to share their home country and culture with a friend from the United States. The international student will have the chance to play the role of cultural host that is currently played by their U.S. friend at Davidson. The U.S. friend will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be hosted and introduced to a foreign culture by a true expert-their international friend.

COVID conditions and restrictions vary by country. It is unavoidable that these factors need to be considered by potential applicants, as they will be by the MMW committee. Some countries are still prohibiting entry of non-citizens/non-residents and/or maintain strict quarantine requirements. If a host country holds such policies, students need to consider carefully before submitting a MMW application. 

Details

  • Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply.
  • Pairs of international students are eligible to apply, but U.S./international pairs will be prioritized.
  • Each project will be a minimum of two weeks in length. Maximum length is open, to be determined by the host family and budget.
  • The U.S. friend must stay in the home of the international friend. Travel to other destinations within the country is allowed, but nights away from the host's home may not exceed 50 percent of the total trip length.
  • Note that this is NOT a tourist junket. It is an opportunity for a U.S. student to experience to some degree some "typical" days in the life of an international student in the latter's own country.
  • Final itineraries should be as detailed as possible, including dates of travel and cost for activities. If your proposal is funded, any changes to your itinerary will need to be approved.
  • This grant is not open to romantic partners.

Expenses

Covered Expenses

  • Round trip plane tickets for both participants.
  • Daily costs of accommodation for a minimum two week stay (food, utilities, transportation).
  • Any costs associated with cultural activities.
  • Visa and immunization costs.

Non-Covered Expenses

  • Durable goods that can be used beyond the time period of the project (such as a luggage, camera, laptop, voltage converter, etc.)

Application Process

COVID continues to impose challenges and uncertainty on the administration, logistics, and even student-eligibility related to MMW. ISP will do its best to provide updates and transparency to help students make the best use of this and other opportunities -- safely. The application process requires both the international host student and the U.S. visiting student to complete applications. 

International/Host Student Application

U.S./Visiting Student Application

Priority deadline: Sunday, March 13, 5 p.m. EST

Final deadline (if funds remain): Monday, March 21, 5 p.m. EST

Both the international student AND the domestic student MMW applications must be submitted by the above deadlines for consideration. Don't wait until the last minute and be sure to hit "submit" on the application when completed.
Applicants will be notified on the status of their applications within seven calendar days of the deadline. If your proposal is selected for funding, you will have one week (7 calendar days) to prepare and submit a detailed budget and itinerary. A letter of support sent from your parents is also required as they will be hosting a U.S. visitor in their home. More information on budget/itinerary and letter requirements will be sent to those selected.