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.


IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Voices Video Challenge

Has study abroad changed your life?  Then add your voice to Generation Study Abroad!

Submit your digital story today to IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Voices Video Challenge and help show Americans how important study abroad is.

In a bold effort to double the number of U.S. students who study abroad by the end of the decade, the Institute of International Education, in partnership with The New York Times in Education, is pleased to announce the 2016 IIE Generation Study Abroad Voices Video Challenge. By hearing and seeing study abroad alumni articulate the value of their study abroad experience, we hope to inspire Generation Z and others to seek out an international experience as part of their college education. Study abroad returnees are encouraged to submit digital story submissions between 0:30 seconds and 2 minutes long that demonstrate how study abroad gave them an edge, the impact it had on their personal or professional life and the world, and how The New York Times content helped them navigate, enhance or make sense of their experience.

Learn more about contest details and eligibility


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 by the end of the decade.

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

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