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Study after study has shown that the biggest obstacle that prevents low-income U.S. students from getting experience abroad is a simple one: money.

And maybe you remember what it was like to cut every corner and stretch every dollar, just to make your dreams possible.

It adds up. We’ve provided 216 American students with more than $238,542 in scholarship support to pursue low or unpaid internships since 2011. Just this summer, 34 students received a total of $29,686 with an average grant of $873.

Let's do even better in 2017.

This fall we invite you lend a helping hand to a student who is facing these challenges as they consider a low or unpaid internship overseas.

All gifts to the Scholarship Campaign made now through November 1 will be disbursed directly to students eligible for scholarship support and participating in a Cultural Vistas Internships Abroad program summer 2017.

Your tax-deductible gift to the Scholarship Campaign will help U.S. students with essential, day-to-day expenses as simple as these:

  • $50: groceries for one week 
  • $100: public transportation for one month
  • $500: housing for one month 
  • $1,000: international flight

In 2015, Lilly Kang, who interned for, a language services company in Hamburg, German, was among our Cultural Vistas Scholarship recipients. She had this to say:

“Although the traveling road may seem rough, plain, and ordinary, when you step back and view the whole picture, you truly see how beautiful it is. How beautiful the experience is, and how much it is shaping you.”
Contributions above $200 may also be made to Cultural Vistas’ endowed Scholarship Fund at any time.

If you wish to honor or recognize a loved one with a contribution to the Scholarship Fund, please contact Nina Rissmann at or 212.497.3500 for more information.


Why You Should Give to Cultural Vistas

Sometimes it’s hard to tell what changes the course of someone’s life for the better. An exceptional teacher. A mentor who sees your potential when no one else does. Cultural Vistas believes that educational and cultural exchange—a chance to live and work abroad for the first time—belongs at the top of this list.

Even more than travel or study abroad, professional experience promotes talents that creates successful careers and nurtures leaders, whether they are community activists or change agents at a global level. Not enough of our young people, and especially those coming from underserved backgrounds, are getting these opportunities.

With its Vision 2020, Cultural Vistas has committed to doubling the number of American participants in our programs by the end of 2019. Far more than numbers, each of these individuals is a uniquely talented student or emerging leader with the passion and commitment to make the world a better, more collaborative place.

Today, we ask you to generously support Cultural Vistas’ diverse professional exchange programs for this simple reason: you will touch someone’s life journey in one of the most promising and transformative ways possible.

Please make a generous tax-deductible contribution in support of this important work.

Options for Tax-Deductible Donations

Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law, and our tax identification number is 13-6199596. German residents may also make a tax-deductible gift to Cultural Vistas gGmbH, a registered nonprofit organization in Germany.


Express Your Enthusiasm for International Exchange

Here are a few easy ways you can express your commitment to Cultural Vistas’ mission to enrich minds, advance global skills, build careers, and connect lives through international exchange:

If you are interested in learning more about how your organization or company can be involved with Cultural Vistas, contact us directly and we’ll be happy to discuss options with you.


Get In Touch

Please contact Nina Rissmann at with any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cultural Vistas’ circle of donors and friends. Thank you for your generous support!