Promote Equity in Study Abroad

American Passport Project

Support IIE’s American Passport Project

Each year, IIE will help 1,000 Pell-eligible college students obtain a passport so they can study abroad.

Only a small percentage of U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 24 have a passport, and just 1 in 10 students in that age range study abroad. It has long been part of IIE’s mission to increase participation and diversity in study abroad, so that all students can gain the academic and career benefits of international experience.

For students of limited means or from underserved communities, studying abroad can require thoughtful, long-term planning. With the 2021 launch of the IIE American Passport Project, IIE will make grants to colleges and universities in the IIE Network so they can help students who are eligible for Pell grants obtain a US passport. Eligibility will be limited to first-year students to ensure that the students have ample time remaining in their college career and help from their advisors to map out a study abroad plan. 

When travel is safe again, there will be a swift resurgence in study abroad. You can help offer this transformative experience to many more students. Please consider investing in their future by making a gift to support this program.

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