Expanding U.S. Study Abroad in the Arab World

This fourth White Paper in IIE's study abroad capacity research series is based on a workshop that took place in Ifrane, Morocco in March 2008. The Hollings Center for International Dialogue and the Institute of International Education convened this workshop at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.

Its purpose was to examine the issues that will arise as more U.S. students seek to study in the region. Is there enough capacity in the region to accommodate more students? Are there opportunities in countries and universities that are currently under-utilized? What challenges will U.S. and Arab world educators need to address to accommodate more young Americans studying in the region?

About IIE's Meeting America's Global Education Challenge White Paper Series
Through a series of surveys and dialogs, the Institute of International Education in 2007 launched a new policy research initiative to address the issue of capacity abroad (especially in non-traditional destinations) to host a greatly increased number of U.S. students, and to assure that U.S. campuses have the resources and structures available to prepare and send them.

This IIE initiative, Meeting America's Global Education Challenge, offers educators and policymakers focused data and information on current capabilities and future capacity, as well as recommendations for action to maximize resources and pave the way for substantial study abroad growth.