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IIE accepts new and bold commitments that will help us reach our goal at any time!

Join now to access this growing network and take advantage of the resources available to our partners, including a Generation Study Abroad badge, press materials, invitation to annual conferences and much more.

We welcome institutions and organizations in the U.S .and abroad who make a significant pledge to undertake new and expanded activities to enable more students to study abroad. Our network includes Country Partners, Education Associations, International Universities, K-12 Organizations, Social Networks and Other Services, Study Abroad Organizations and U.S. Universities and Colleges.

Joining the campaign is simple. 1.) Complete the Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner Application outlining your commitment (see Apply Here links below) and 2.) Attach your Letter of Commitment. Your commitment will be reviewed and you will receive confirmation from IIE. Any questions? Reach out to us at

Curious about what other institutions and organizations have pledged? See examples below:

Country Partners - Apply Here

IIE is seeking the support of governments, private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and others who will be able to contribute purposeful action.

Country 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.

Example: 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.

Education Associations - Apply Here

Education Associations who have joined have taken on a leadership role to help broaden participation in study abroad. Through their networks, education associations have the ability to reach new audiences, generate ideas and best practices, and offer services to members that will strengthen and highlight why international experience is one of the most important components of a 21st century education.

Example: Partners such as American Councils and ACTFL are emphasizing the connection between language and study abroad. The National Association of College and Advising Counselors (NACAC) is training college and guidance counselors on study abroad opportunities.

International Universities - Apply Here

We encourage the participation of higher education institutions and organizations outside the U.S. in Generation Study Abroad. Through international academic partnerships, research collaborations, teaching exchanges, and other exchange activities, international institutions play a critical role in creating opportunities for U.S. students and ultimately shaping the study abroad experience for American students.

Example: Universidad de Guadalajara pledges to build upon existing exchange programs to also offer language and internship programs for US students, specifically Spanish as a second language summer programs and an international teaching program internship.

Organizations: K-12 Organizations, Social Networks and Other Services, Study Abroad Organizations - Apply Here

In addition to the higher education community, IIE seeks the support of all types of organizations – from study abroad program providers to youth-oriented organizations and social network services – who will be able to contribute scholarships, resources, and be able to broaden participation in study abroad. In particular, IIE welcomes organizations who provide programs and services focused on access to education. By engaging new audiences in the dialogue on study abroad, we will be able to ensure that study abroad will be viewed as a necessity, rather than a luxury, for all college students and an essential component of a college degree in the 21st century.

Ex. K-12 Organizations: Global Glimpse is partnering with IES Abroad to build a pipeline of interest in study abroad. Study Abroad Organizations: IES Abroad pledged $2 million in scholarship funding annually to students from its consortium member institutions with an emphasis on need-based aid and grants. CIEE’s Passport Caravan is working with U.S. colleges and universities to reduce administrative barriers to study abroad. Go Overseas’ has collaborated with foreign governments on scholarships opportunities to go abroad. Via TRM is exploring how best to get first year students to plan their study abroad experience.

U.S. Universities and Colleges - Apply Here

Current institutional partners pledge to undertake ambitious actions to reach their goals of doubling, or in some cases tripling, the numbers of student studying abroad. U.S. college and university partners are leveraging their participation in Generation Study Abroad to secure new study abroad scholarship funding from their own institutions and from outside donors, engage their faculty in study abroad, collaborate across campus, and broaden international partnerships and study abroad program options.

Example: University of Delaware: Delaware Diplomats Program; see video below.

Pellissippi State College students and administratorsFunding

Funding is a key obstacle to studying abroad. That's why over half of the partners of the Generation Study Abroad network have made commitments to increasing scholarships for students. As of December 2015, over $55 million in student scholarships have been raised by the network. The following is a partial list of study abroad funding opportunities.

Find additional study abroad funding

IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarships

The Institute of International Education (IIE) will make funds available for the IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarship Program for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to make it possible for them to participate in an academic, internship or service-learning experience abroad.

The scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience. The program will provide Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners from U.S. colleges and universities who complete their annual progress report and demonstrate progress toward their pledge an opportunity to secure supplementary funds for student scholarships.

Featured Scholarships from Ireland

See a full list of Scholarships in Ireland (381 KB, PDF)

Additional Funding Opportunities from the Generation Study Abroad network:

  • Generation Study Abroad Stem2Spain Scholarship: Olesay Spain is supporting Generation Study Abroad students with 20 awards in 2017. The gift will fund twenty $540 scholarships for students who are pursuing a degree in one of the STEM fields. In Partnership with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain, Olesay Internships provide a unique opportunity for students in STEM disciplines to get a glimpse of advanced research. The winners of the scholarship will be awarded $540, to be directly applied to the internship program of their choice. Students may apply for the scholarship before March, 31, 2017.
  • Vice Chancellor's Anniversary Scholarship for Diversity in Study Abroad: The University of Roehampton, UK is offering ten scholarships per semester, each offered as a £1500 tuition fee reduction and is available across all majors offered to Study Abroad students at Roehampton. As part of the application process students are required to demonstrate that they come from an under-represented group within Study Abroad. Download scholarship details sheet (60 KB, PDF)
  • Semester scholarships at Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus (OPAIC), New Zealand: As part of their Generation Study Abroad pledge, OPAIC is offering four fee-reduction scholarships of NZD3,000 to students of Generation Study Abroad U.S. commitment partner institutions for one semester of study in their Bachelor of Applied Management program. Course offerings can be found in the Study Aboard Calendar. Please contact Nick van Der Walt at for more information.
  • ARAMFO Scholarship for Building Faculty-Led Travel Courses at American Universities: The ARAMFO Educational Foundation is proud to offer a $10,000 scholarship to study abroad offices that have 50 student participants in the ARAMFO's travel programs from their university. ARAMFO works to support faculty led travel courses. This scholarship will go toward financially supporting students who are interested in participating in faculty-led travel courses in the following academic year through their schools. This scholarship is available for the 2015-2016 academic year to all universities.
  • Athena Study Abroad “Access Study Abroad" Scholarships: Athena Study Abroad is providing $50,000 in scholarships to assist under-represented students studying abroad. Fifty scholarships of up to $1,000 each will be offered to participants of Athena Study Abroad programs. Up to two scholarships may be awarded per institution.
  • American University in Dubai Scholarship: As part of their Generation Study Abroad pledge, the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai (AUD) seeks to further the goals of the Clinton Presidential Foundation to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States to meet the challenges of global interdependence. In partnership with AUD, the program provides American students based in the US the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons by studying in the Arab world. The Scholarship gives a full waiver of tuition for one term and covers housing.
  • Education New Zealand Scholarships: 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.
  • Learn more about Education New Zealand Scholarships
  • AIFS Generation Study Abroad Scholarships: As part of their Generation Study Abroad commitment, AIFS is offering several semester and summer merit scholarships to students who demonstrate high academic achievement, at least a 3.0 GPA, and write an essay addressing "How study abroad will impact my academic and personal growth."
  • Semester in Amsterdam Generation Study Abroad Excellent Scholarship: VU University Amsterdam will offer scholarships of €3,000 to students of Generation Study Abroad U.S. commitment partner institutions for one semester or one year of study on their campus. Students can choose from over 300 English taught undergraduate courses or follow a specialized disciplinary track. VU is also providing up to 4 Fulbright awards to US Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in the Netherlands.
  • IIE Passport Awards for Study Abroad: The Institute established the IIE Passport Awards for Study Abroad to encourage students from inner city high schools to enroll in college and to study abroad during their undergraduate years. Learn more about the nomination and application process for the IIE Passport Awards for Study Abroad
  • Find Scholarships and Grants for Study Abroad: This resource features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals. Post your own scholarships to this page and share this resource with your study abroad students.

I, too, am study abroad tshirt campaign imageFeatured Opportunities:

Bring the “I, Too, Am Study Abroad” Campaign to Your Campus

2016 IIE Heiskell Award Honorable Mention and Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner, SUNY Oswego is sharing their innovate I, Too, Am Study Abroad marketing campaign with the commitment partner network. This campaign has had a positive impact on increasing study abroad participation rates among diverse students.

Those interested in bringing the campaign to their campus can download the I, Too, Am Study Abroad Guide (590 KB, PDF). Should you wish to order T-shirts for your campus, please email

IIE Resources:Generation Study Abroad: Join the Conversation

  • Share and search for study abroad programs within this comprehensive and easy to navigate database.
  • This resource features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals.
  • MyWorldAbroad provides free instant access to a core set of their most popular training materials (see the Student Landing Page), including: eight Quick Guides on building global skills, seven International Quizzes for assessing study abroad preparedness and 75+ inspirational Stories from Abroad. Schools can link to these materials (see school instructions) and use them for student advising and in workshops with a focus on integrating career success into the student study abroad experience.
  • FORUM QUIP Program: The Forum on Education Abroad has launched a new training program in support of IIE's Generation Study Abroad Initiative. The Education Abroad Capacity Review will engage a select group of U.S. higher education institutions in their efforts to strategically expand their study abroad capacity while ensuring quality and standards of their programs. The program is open to any U.S. higher education institution that is a Generation Study Abroad Commitment partner.
  • Free A Student Guide to Study Abroad E-book License: Published by IIE and written by three leading study abroad experts—Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, Allan E. Goodman and Sir Cyril TaylorA Student Guide to Study Abroad offers the most comprehensive advice available. Covering topics at all stages of the study abroad experience, this resources is great for students and parents. Generation Study Abroad commitment partners receive a free e-book license to share with their student networks upon joining the initiative.
  • Commitment Partner Webinars: This platform for commitment partners to share with and learn from colleagues both within and outside of the International Education field, will cover diverse topics ranging from data collection and diverse student engagement to public/private sector partnerships and strategic planning. Held every other month, this resource is meant to provide opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of best practices. Commitment partners can learn more by logging on to the Commitment Partner Network password protected webpage.
  • Generation Study Abroad Green Paper: As a result of the first "Generation Study Abroad Think Tank" in New York on March 12, professionals from higher education, NGOs, associations, non-profits, government and the private sector came together to brainstorm ideas surrounding the question: What will it take to double? The outcomes from the day have been documented in the first Generation Study Abroad "green paper," so titled because it has been created not as a final product but a living document to which additional ideas will be added. This green paper lays the foundation for an ongoing discussion around how to increase the number of students studying abroad in the short term and to shift the paradigm over the long term. Download full Green Paper PDF

Financial Assistance:

STA Travel will make a contribution to the IIE Study Abroad Fund for each trip booked through STA by students from Generation Study Abroad commitment partner institutions. In addition to contributing funding for scholarships to the IIE Study Abroad Fund, other commitments by STA Travel include providing sponsorship support and promotion of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, as well as added travel benefits for commitment partner institutions in order to make travel and study abroad more affordable for students.

See a full list of partner benefits from STA Travel here (9 MB, PDF)

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