Generation Study Abroad

The Challenge

  • International experience is one of the most important components of a 21st century education.
  • Less than 10% of U.S. students study abroad.
  • Globalization is changing the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and experience.

Every student should have the opportunity to study abroad

Our goal is to have 600,000 U.S. students studying abroad in credit and non-credit programs (using the Open Doors 2019, which reports on 2017/2018 data).

Over the next 5 years, Generation Study Abroad will reach out to educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to encourage purposeful, innovative action to get more Americans to undertake an international experience. Putting IIE's resources behind this campaign highlights the commitment to increasing study abroad that has been so much a part of the Institute's mission for our first 95 years.

Download the Year One Impact Report to see what Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners have done to date to help double the number of U.S. students going abroad by the end of the decade.

Join the Commitment – Pledge Your Action

Join IIE in mobilizing the resources to double the number of students studying abroad by the end of the decade. With your help, future generations of Americans will be ready to succeed in the global economy.

Learn how to get involved

Enrichment Grants for Teachers

Generation Study Abroad, along with the AIFS Foundation, will award 50 grants of $1,000 to U.S. secondary level (grades 6-12) teachers who have shown to be outstanding advocates for study abroad. The goal of the program is to help raise global awareness in the classroom and prepare students for global citizenship and study abroad. Teachers who receive an enrichment grant can conduct any learning activity in the U.S. or abroad that enhances their international outlook and global experience. You must have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Teacher Pledge in order to be eligible for the grants. The application deadline is December 1, 2015.

Learn more about grant terms and eligibility

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