Generation Study Abroad Video Contest Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Generation Study Abroad Video Contest, in partnership with the New York Times in Education.
#GoStudyAbroad Campaign Winner Profiles
Congratulations to the #GoStudyAbroad scholarship and travel prize recipients. Thank you for taking the pledge to #GoStudyAbroad and for encouraging other students to do the same!
#GoStudyAbroad Scholarship Recipient Profiles
Junior, Michigan Technological University
$10,000 Scholarship and Round Trip Flight (Grand Prize)
Sponsored by the Institute of International Education and STA Travel
Travis, an engineering student who wishes to work in community development, would like to study abroad in Colombia to gain a “better understanding of different cultures”, and know what it is like to work in these communities, while at the same time improving his Spanish language skills.
Sophomore, Florida A&M University
$5,000 Scholarship - Sponsored by AIFS Study Abroad
Jonathan, a political science major who wishes to work for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer, plans to study abroad in Costa Rica for an entire year. Jonathan hopes to “obtain fluency in the Spanish language while immersing [himself] in the culture of the host country.”
Freshman, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
$5,000 Scholarship - Sponsored by CET Academic Programs
Damian, a computer science major, has never had the opportunity to travel outside of the Midwest. Damian wishes to study abroad in China in order to embrace new cultures and “visit the unknown”. He hopes to bring what he learns while studying abroad back to his home community.
Junior, University of Redlands
$5,000 Scholarship - Sponsored by IFSA-Butler
Starr, a history and psychology double major, believes that studying abroad with this scholarship is a once in a lifetime opportunity. She would like to study abroad in Australia and New Zealand in order to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures, languages, and ceremonies in relation to her own experience as a Navajo Native American.
#GoStudyAbroad Travel Prize Recipient Profiles
(Study Abroad Alumni Nominators)
Studied abroad in the United Kingdom
Travel Prize Recipient - Sponsored by AIFS Study Abroad
Marissa, a strategic communications major, wants to inspire others to study abroad by effectively communicating the impact of study abroad through speaking publicly on campus, sharing her experience with the numerous campus clubs and activities she is involved with, and by promoting study abroad through social media. Marissa believes it is important to inspire others to study abroad by creating a “story through expression, creativity, a wild imagination and heart.”
Studied abroad in the New Zealand
Travel Prize Recipient - Sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE)
Kora, a student at Michigan State University, wants to inspire the students at her school to study abroad “through self-made videos and on-campus presentations” to show others how “eye-opening and mind-opening it can be to view your own culture from the outside looking in.”
Studied abroad in Ireland
Travel Prize Recipient - Sponsored by STA Travel
Kathleen, a Study Abroad Advisor, wants to inspire students to study abroad as early as possible, including high school seniors. Kathleen believes that “guaranteeing a study abroad scholarship for later in their college career would allow students to plan early on many fronts, including applying for additional funding and intentionally choosing a program that fulfills academic requirements and personal/professional goals.”
Studied abroad in Ukraine
Travel Prize Recipient - Sponsored by IFSA-Butler
Terrell is a graduate of Philander Smith College, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer and Fulbright grantee. While completing journalistic research in the Ukraine as a Fulbright Scholar, Terrell researched African-Ukrainians’ self-perceptions of the African immigrant community in affiliation with the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. Terrell’s research has been published in several American publications, and he is currently lecturing about his Fulbright experiences around the United States. Terrell works very hard to expose young people to study abroad opportunities, and states that he “has a Twitter following of nearly 20,000 and  regularly tweets about study abroad—especially as a black person.” Terrell plans to inspire others to study abroad by hosting monthly Twitter chats and live video chats on Facebook with specific study abroad themes.
Studied abroad in Denmark
Travel Prize Recipient - Sponsored by CET Academic Programs
Vincenzo inspires others to study abroad at Case Western Reserve University by leveraging social media platforms such as sharing photos on Facebook and Instagram, and utilizing the live stream function on Snapchat. In addition to his social media use, Vincenzo believes that it can be most effective to have a “one-on-one conversation with someone about how studying abroad can be the best choice that you make during your college career.”
Other Ways to Advocate for Study Abroad
Those who go abroad know the impact that an international experience can have on one's goals, motivations and perspectives, as well as the valuable skills that one walks away with. Therefore, study abroad alumni are the best advocates as they are a testament to why study abroad is important for success in today's world.
Just as each and every student is unique, each and every study abroad experience is also unique. Have you thought about what you learned from study abroad, and how it influenced where you are today?
As a study abroad alum, you can pledge to share lessons learned from your study abroad experiences on your campus, with your employer, family, and larger community:
- Join the conversation at #GenerationStudyAbroad on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and share how your study abroad experience has shaped your life;
- Encourage your campus or alma mater to join the commitment and make a pledge to double their numbers;
- Consider also supporting study abroad scholarships. Check out your campus' alumni office or donate to the IIE Study Abroad Fund.