IUF Crowdfunding

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IU’s global network grows each year as we welcome students from across the world to our campuses. Your gift will provide life-changing support to help students persevere and pursue their dreams when unexpected challenges arise.

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Can you imagine being a student in a new country, far from your family, pursuing your dreams, and then an accident, illness, or other event beyond your control strikes. Suddenly you don’t have enough money to pay your bursar bill for the next semester and your legal visa status is in jeopardy because you are required to register in a full course of study.

Every year, at least 280 IU students from IU Bloomington, IUPUI, and IU's regional campuses face these kinds of challenges for a variety of reasons, medical bills, a pandemic, parents’ businesses failing, a surprise expense that you couldn’t anticipate when creating your study abroad budget.

Studying abroad in the U.S. takes passion and commitment to get through the rigorous immigration application process to secure a student visa. International students provide proof of funding to show they can afford to complete their degree, but we all know that life is full of surprises and that the best laid plans can fall short under unexpected circumstances.

IU has a proud tradition of supporting these students so they can continue to pursue their dreams. The international student fund is a lifeline for international students at IU who find themselves in financial trouble outside of their control. Since 2001, the Office of International Services has helped roughly 5,000 students with over $5 million in awards. IU is committed to ensuring that students who make the extraordinary commitment to come to the U.S. to study can achieve their goals and finish what they started.

Last year, the global pandemic hit the international student population hard and created more need than ever. It became clear that the crisis was indiscriminate: students from all backgrounds, countries, and socio-economic statuses were affected. Students often could not travel back home, and faced emergency housing needs, food shortages, sudden demands for new technology, as well as individual medical needs related to COVID-19. Never before has our student safety net been tested to these limits.

The international alumni community stepped up to the challenge with kindness and generosity. Together with domestic donors and the university, international alumni provided $500,000 in emergency aid to international students last year. Now is the time for us to make sure we address the needs of international students of today and build a safety net for the next crisis.

Our shared commitment to global engagement and the open exchange of ideas through international students can be demonstrated through small gifts from a large number of alumni. Together with small investments, we can fund these financial setbacks out of existence, and make sure we grow the IU network with more people than ever before. We invite you to join alumni around the world in supporting the international student fund and establishing a robust safety net for international students. Please consider making a gift to the International Student Fund in celebration of IU Day and in honor of your lifelong connection to the IU Global family.

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