Join: 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 (85 KB, Word) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. More than half of the U.S. colleges and universities who have joined are leveraging their participation in Generation Study Abroad to secure new study abroad scholarship funding from their own institutions and from outside donors.
Examples of campus commitments addressing cost, culture, and curriculum:
For more examples, see the background material in our Media/Press section and in News.
St. Ambrose University: Join numerous business airline miles programs so that accrued miles from faculty and staff travel can be used to support student travel.
Albright College: Create a Globalization Leadership Committee of faculty, staff and students charged with engaging all campus constituencies in achieving their goals for campus internationalization.
The University of Tampa: Ensure that every veteran student interested in study abroad is given the opportunity to do so, increase targeted advising to male students, create specialized tools and resources for STEM majors and create safe zone advising for the LGBTA community.
Baldwin Wallace University: Create study abroad liaisons for each of their eight schools who will be trained to advise faculty and students on study abroad. The Provost will also initiate an incentivized internal "challenge" to each of the eight schools to double their own study abroad numbers.
Eastern Illinois University: Launch a pre-study abroad course offered to all 1st year students.
San Diego State University: Require an international experience for as many majors as possible.
University of Idaho: Develop an intercultural competency course and/or certificate program to promote cross-cultural learning and encourage study abroad, international internships and international service learning.
Eckerd College: Increase scholarship funds to support study abroad and explore a budget model to offset cost of study abroad.
Florida State University: Launch a new scholarship fund with the Generation Study Abroad designation.
Michigan State University: Double MSU endowment for scholarships.
Montana State University: Develop a scholarship program based on student study abroad fee model started by U of Texas.
University of California-Berkeley: Implement a Study Abroad Loan Program in an effort to increase access to middle income students.
Western Carolina University: Implement specific international-based faculty-led courses designed to better engage males in studying abroad.
Coppin State University: Through its "Make Eagles Soar Early" program, conduct outreach during the mandatory summer program for entering freshman, prepare the cohort of students during their first year, and then take them on a faculty-led program in the summer before their sophomore year, to whet the appetite for longer study abroad.
North Carolina State University: Expand NC State's Curriculum Integration initiative and identify or develop well-matched international programs and significantly expand and enhance the university's transfer credit database to facilitate approval of equivalent courses at partner institutions abroad.
Salisbury University: Integrate the ten "Salisbury Abroad" semester partner programs into academic majors and minors and build a portfolio of global internships that will allow for tuition to be waived for full semester credit-bearing internships abroad.
Doane College: Work with faculty to develop the "Earn Your Minor Abroad" program to ensure students earn the credits needed to complete the requirements for minor within their four-year plan.
Wake Forest University: Expand the Magnolia Abroad Access Program (MAAP) to provide support for all first-generation college students.
Institutions that join the commitment agree to:
- Make a significant pledge to increase the number of their students who study abroad;
- Take actions to undertake new and expanded activities to enable more students to study abroad;
- Update IIE on an annual basis on their activities and progress towards the 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 their websites;
- Join the conversation at #GenerationStudyAbroad.
IIE will support commitment members in the following ways:
- Award 5-10 grants (of approximately $5,000 - $10,000) per year to higher education institutions who are making outstanding progress with their targets, to be used for study abroad scholarships for their students;
- 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;
- Connect members with study abroad resources and tools to help your study abroad office;
- Provide a free eBook license for IIE's new "A Student Guide to Study Abroad" that members can distribute to all incoming freshman;
- Invite all members to participate in the Generation Study Abroad Summit from October 1-2, 2015 in Wasington, DC.