Study Abroad Matters

Study Abroad Matters:Linking Higher Education to the Contemporary Workforce through International Experience

In today’s competitive economy, it takes more than a college degree to convince employers that graduates are ready for the workforce.Study Abroad Matters: Linking Higher Education to the Contemporary Workforce through International Experience, from IIE and the AIFS Foundation, synthesizes leading-edge research to demonstrate that in this globalized era, study abroad has become one of the most powerful ways to prove to employers that graduates have in-demand skills for the contemporary workplace.This paper outlines best practices for high education institutions, industry, and graduates to better articulate the value of study abroad for the contemporary marketplace. 

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Gaining an Employment Edge: The Impact of Study Abroad on 21st century Skills & Career Prospects in the United States

Gaining an Employment Edge, conducted by IIE’s Research Team and released at the 2017 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad, shows that education abroad leads to significant gains in critical 21st century workplace skills. 

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Underrepresented Students and US Study Abroad: Investigating Impacts

Underrepresented Students and US Study Abroad aims to fill a notable gap by providing a synthesis of existing research on the association of study abroad with positive academic outcomes, degree retention, and completion rates for racial/ethnic minority and other underrepresented students.

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Generation Study Abroad 2016 - 2017 Impact

Generation Study Abroad: Year One Impact, released at the inaugural IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad, details partner institutions' commitments to boost study abroad participation among their students, and spotlights on their progress towards their goals over the span of one year. 

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Key Findings

  • 91% of the U.S. institutions are creating or expanding programs to offer more international for-academic credit opportunities
  • 64% of the U.S. institutions are increasing the number of academic programs (certificates, minors or majors) that require or offer a study abroad component
  • 77% of the international institutions are creating or expanding short-term – including Work, Internships and Volunteering Abroad (WIVA) – study abroad opportunities
  • 71% of U.S. institutions are committing to increasing finances for faculty members to develop and lead faculty led study abroad programs

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The World is the New Classroom: Non-Credit Education Abroad Report

In The World is the New Classroom: Non-Credit Education Abroad (NCEA), IIE captures a range of NCEA activities—from conducting research or field work to engaging in the performing arts. The report aims to address this growing segment of U.S. education abroad and provide tools for the higher education field to better understand how to define and track the non-credit activities their students are undertaking. The webinar linked above provides an overview of the data collection process and key research findings as well as suggestions for next steps to best track and account from non-credit education abroad experiences. Many thanks to presenters Christine Farrugia and Ola Mahmoud from IIE's Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact!

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What Will It Take to Double Study Abroad? A "Green Paper" on the Big 11 Ideas from the Generation Study Abroad Think Tank

IIE  launched  “Generation  Study  Abroad,”  a  five-year initiative that seeks to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad through credit or non-credit programs.  In  order  to  be  successful,  Generation  Study  Abroad  must  build  a  coalition  of  likeminded  organizations  both  within  the  higher  education  industry  and  beyond. IIE’s first step in engaging a diverse group of professionals was to convene a “Generation Study Abroad Think  Tank”  in  New  York  on  March  12,  2014,  bringing  professionals  from  higher  education,  NGOs,  associations, non-profits, foundations, government and the private sector together to brainstorm ideas.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. It is important to  note  that  this  document  reflects  the  ideas  generated  on  March  12,  2014—a  snapshot  of  the  day’s  solutions  offered  and  not  meant  to  be  all-encompassing—as  well  as  a  general  overview  of  the  current study abroad situation. 

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