"International experience is one of the most important components of a 21st century resume." – Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, IIE
Studying abroad is one of the best ways American college students can acquire international experience necessary to succeed in today's global marketplace.
According to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange, 295,000 American college students studied abroad in 2011/12 in credit-bearing and non-credit programs. While that may sound like a lot, it in fact represents less than 10% of the 2.6 million students graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year.
Generation Study Abroad seeks to address that shortfall by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities to tens of thousands of college students for whom traditional study abroad programs aren't working. Curious who is on board with Generation Study Abroad? You can see a full list of our Commitment Partners here.
Generation Study Abroad is an initiative, launched in 2014, of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. IIE is investing $2 million in the initiative and seeking funds to provide scholarships to college and high school students and grants to institutions. The initiative, which is timed to coincide with IIE's centennial in 2019, will highlight IIE's commitment to study abroad and encourage purposeful, innovative action to get more Americans to undertake a meaningful international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning, and non-credit educational experiences.
Our goal is ambitious, but we believe that leaders in education, business and government can work together to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad. As of Fall 2016, over 700 partners have joined Generation Study Abroad and committed to specific, measurable actions that will help reach this ambitious goal. They include: 408 U.S. colleges and universities from 48 states; 189 international universities and organizations from 50 countries; 23 education associations; more than 100 organizations including study abroad, K-12, and social network agencies; 18 country partners and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We welcome new partners at any time.
What is study abroad?
Generation Study Abroad is redefining study abroad, to encompass for-credit, non-credit, short-term study abroad and experiential learning experiences at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
For the purposes of Generation Study Abroad, the Forum on Education Abroad’s definition is used: “Education that occurs outside the participant’s home country. Besides study abroad, examples include such international experiences as work, volunteering, non-credit internships, and directed travel, as long as these programs are driven to a significant degree by learning goals.”
About the Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. For close to 100 years, we have led efforts to expand opportunities for Americans to study abroad, including our flagship program, The Fulbright Program, on behalf of the U.S. government. We believe that peace and prosperity in the 21st century depend on increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis. As technology opens borders, educational and professional exchanges open minds.