Generation Study Abroad
Doubling the number of U.S. students who study abroad
 
Join the Initiative:  A call to action from the Institute of International Education
 
Every student who wants to succeed in the global economy should study abroad. Yet less than 10% of U.S. undergraduates study abroad prior to graduation. This is simply not enough.
 
As we approach the Institute of International Education’s Centennial in 2019, IIE has launched “Generation Study Abroad,” a 5-year initiative to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. Putting IIE’s resources behind this campaign highlights our commitment to increasing study abroad that has been so much a part of our mission for IIE’s first 95 years.
 
Join the Generation Study Abroad Challenge: Country Partners
To reach this target, the education community will need to join together to act swiftly and decisively.  Our goal is to identify at least 500 U.S. colleges and universities willing to double the number of their students studying abroad or significantly increase the participation rate of their students who study abroad at some point during their undergraduate career, and at least 10 U.S. colleges and universities who pledge to require study abroad of all their students. We encourage all colleges and universities to set an aspirational goal for the proportion of their students who participate in study abroad. 
 
The initiative also has a public element. In addition to the higher education community, we are seeking the support of governments, private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and others who will be able to contribute purposeful action. 
 
Country Partners that join the initiative agree to actions such as:
·         Make a significant pledge to increase the number of U.S. students who study abroad in your country;
·         Consider launching a new study abroad initiative or scholarship program to attract U.S. students;
·         Encourage higher education institutions in your country to take specific actions to attract U.S. students;
·         Convene a workshop, roundtable discussion or other event to develop a strategy how your country can attract and host more U.S. students
·         Update IIE on an annual basis on your activities and progress towards meeting that target;
·         Share strategies and best practices, which will be featured at IIE’s annual Best Practices Conference;
·         Put a Generation Study Abroad badge on the appropriate education-related websites.

IIE will support Country Partners in the following ways:

·         Recognize commitment members on IIE's website and press releases, and provide a special badge;
·         Invite members to participate in annual meetings on doubling U.S. study abroad, and other regular events such as webinars and National Conference Calls;
·         Promote study abroad in your country through the IIEPassport.org website;
·         Promote scholarships to study abroad in your country on IIE's studyabroadfunding.org website;
·         Collaborate on special activities related to your country.




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