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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 2015-2016 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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