Generation Study Abroad Commitments will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the initiative. Join now to access this growing network and take advantage of the resources available to our partners.
Please submit a Letter of Commitment for Government Partners (85 KB, Word) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IIE is seeking the support of governments, private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and others who will be able to contribute purposeful action.
Government partners who have signed on share in our goal of providing an international experience to U.S. students, and furthering the relationship between their countries and the United States by making more educational connections. By increasing the number of scholarships and placements offered to study in a particular country, more U.S. students will be able to pursue studies and language skills in select countries.
Examples of commitments by government partners:
- The French government, within the context of its "Friendship initiative" for transatlantic student mobility, has provided incentive grants to strengthen U.S.-French academic partnerships and to support campuses in developing their study abroad programs.
- Education New Zealand, in partnership with New Zealand's eight universities and five participating Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, will provide merit based and travel awards of $500 to $2,000 for U.S. students studying abroad in New Zealand starting in fall 2014.
- The Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Education sponsoring an International Academic Partnership Program to help build linkages between institutions in U.S. and Norway focused on energy and the environment. Beginning in fall 2014, Generation Study Abroad partner campuses can apply through IIE to participate.
- The Japanese Government and the United States Government share the goal, established by the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), of doubling two-way student exchange by the year 2020.
Government 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 Government 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, 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 Study Abroad Fund website;
- Collaborate on special activities related to your country;
- Invite all members to participate in the Generation Study Abroad Summit from October 1-2, 2015 in Wasington, DC.