Generation Study Abroad Reaches 800+ Commitment Partners

As of May 2017, the Generation Study Abroad network has grown to 800+ partners. The initiative continues to gain momentum, but much more work needs to be done to achieve our goal to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. Learn how you can join this growing network of commitment partners to help us reach our goal.

2017 Generation Study Abroad Award
Generation Study Abroad Winners receiving award 2017-ICETEX, Colombia 

For their commitment and strategic efforts to making study abroad opportunities in Colombia more accessible to students from the United States, IIE awarded the Fulbright Commission of Colombia and ICETEX(El Instituto Colombiano de Credito Educativo y Estudios Tecnicos en el Exterior), the Colombian Governement's Institute for Study Abroad, with the 2017 Generation Study Abroad Award.

Generation Study Abroad Winners receiving their award at the 2017 Summit

The award recognizes individuals and organizations that encourage purposeful, innovative action to get more Americans to undertake an international experience by supporting IIE's Generation Study Abroad goals.

31 Commitment Partners Meet Their Goals!

2017 IIE Seal of Excellence RecipientsFive of the 31 Commitment Partner U.S. Universities/Colleges recognized for receiving the IIE Seal of Excellence for achieving their commitment goals participated on a panel discussion moderated by IIE's Executive Vice President Max Angerholzer and presented certificates by IIE's President & CEO Allan Goodman.

Commitment Partners receiving the IIE Seal of Excellence at the 2017 Summit

All of the institutions below made strategic commitments to the Generation Study Abroad campaign, with the goal of accomplishing their commitments by the end of the decade to help double the number of U.S. students who study abroad. We are excited to congratulate these institutions on meeting their goals early:

  • Arizona State University- ASU study abroad office secured internal and outside funding for 180 new scholarships specific to first-generation students.
  • Bellarmine University- Reached their goal with the dedicated support of scholarship funding and the institutional dedication to learning abroad.
  • Beloit College- Increased not-for-credit and short-term international experiences and an on-going focus on access to study abroad for underrepresented students.
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills- Launched a new study abroad initiative making it possible for more underrepresented students to study abroad.  View a video of Dr. Gary Rhodes addressing one of the ways CSUDH was able to boost study abroad participation.
  • California State University, East Bay- Continuing to work with faculty to offer summer faculty-led programs and working to see growth in semester and year-long programs.
  • California State, Fullerton- Increased study abroad numbers by 97% in three years.
  • Carroll College- Granted $20,800 in scholarships to students who studied abroad from spring 2016 to Summer 2017.
  • Castleton University- Exceeded goal of 10 to 23 students who studied abroad.
  • Daytona State College- Expanded institutional support via funding for students and provided incentives for faculty leading SAPS.
  • Hampton University- Established a study abroad committee in 2016.
  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis- Developed a white paper on expanding and enhancing study abroad, which helped them exceed their goal by over 100 students.
  • King's College- Launched the Study Abroad Access Grant and have made strides in integration into the curriculum.
  • Le Moyne College- Developed more short-term study abroad experiences for students, added institutional partnerships in key regions of the world, and awarded more scholarships.
  • McKendree University- Exceeded their goal of 12 to 18 students who studied abroad.
  • Missouri State University- Launched new study abroad scholarships and has helped students engage internationally through service-learning, research and internships.
  • Morgan State University- Worked diligently to diversify study abroad opportunities for students in an effort to continue to Grow the Future and Lead the World!
  • Northwestern Michigan College- Achieved goals through the creative development of multidisciplinary study abroad opportunities, scholarships focused on First Generation College Students, an international Global Endorsement and institutional partnerships in Costa Rica, South Africa, and the UK.
  • San Diego State University- Increased undergrad participation to 35.65%.
  • Sonoma State University- Doubled the number of students studying abroad from 80 to160.
  • South Dakota State University- Worked with department Heads, faculty members and advisors to increase the visibility and access to study abroad on campus.
  • St. Edward's University- Created 4-year degree plans with studying abroad covering 91% of undergraduate students.
  • St. John's University- Initiated a science program in Paris for Biology and Chemistry majors and re-worked Global Passport Program to run with a $500 fee.
  • SUNY Plattsburgh- Increased participation by over 25%.
  • Texas A&M International University- Doubled the number of students studying abroad to 211.
  • Texas State University- Texas state Study Abroad office supported the academic departments in developing new faculty-led programs by awarding mini grants, increased scholarship funds for study abroad students, and enhanced outreach activities and services.
  • UCLA- Reached goal of 25% by hosting/attending 97 events and hosted their largest study abroad fair in 2015.
  • University of Cincinnati- Surpassed goal of 1,700 to 1,905 students studying abroad.
  • University of St.Thomas- Increased enrollment in study abroad programs because of the First Year Experience Study Abroad Program designed specifically for freshmen and a non-credit bearing program.
  • Walsh University- Developed opportunities for international internships, service learning and experiential learning with some of the study abroad programs.
  • West Chester University- Increased amount of funding to create study abroad travel awards as support to students enrolling in study abroad programs.
  • Wofford College- Launched a new study abroad initiative with new programming, including Global Ambassador Program and made new scholarships available for underrepresented students to study abroad.

Check out 2016 Commitment Partner Goals