2021 was the inaugural year for the IIE American Passport Project. In this first year, IIE received an overwhelming number of applications for the number of awards available. Nearly 200 IIENetwork member institutions in the U.S. applied proposing the various ways higher education institutions of all types and locations would utilize the grant to support diverse student populations. At a time when COVID-19 was impacting all aspects of international education, these institutions demonstrated the drive to restart international initiatives they had been planning (either prior to the pandemic or during).

For the 40 institutions selected, the IIE American Passport Project provided one critical piece of the multi-faceted effort needed to reach students who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad: a passport. The selected institutions provided the innovative programming, engagement efforts, advising, and support for those students they have identified with the goal of sending them on a study abroad program during their college experience.

2021 Cohort of IIE American Passport Project Institutions

Alcorn State University Goshen College Ohio Northern University University of Missouri-Columbia
Amherst College Harper College Rochester Institute of Technology University of Nebraska at Omaha
Butler University Harris-Stowe State University Saint Marten's University University of New Mexico
Central Michigan University
Juniata College San Diego State University University of New Orleans
Central State University
Kapiʻolani Community College Savannah State University University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Chatham University
Kings College Stockton University University of South Alabama
College of DuPage Massachusetts College of Art & Design University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Ursinus College
Davidson-Davie Community College Montclair State University University of Illinois-Chicago Virginia Tech
DePauw University North Carolina Central University University of Louisville Western Michigan University
Fayetteville State University
North Park University University of Maryland-Baltimore County Xavier University of Louisiana

2021 Program Highlights

Institutional Demographics

  • More than 50% represented minority-serving student populations (HBCU, HSI, MSI) or are community colleges.
  • More than 50% are IIE Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners.
  • Nearly 50% geographic representation of the U.S. with 24 states represented (33% South, 32% Midwest, 25% Northeast, and 10% West).
  • Majority are expanding their diversity, equity, access, and inclusion efforts by targeting these top 4 student populations: students with demonstrated financial need, racial/ethnic minorities, students who have never traveled abroad, and first-generation students.

Diversity, Equity, Access, & Inclusion Efforts

Selected institutions identified the following traditionally underrepresented student populations that they are focusing on to expand diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in study abroad on their respective campuses.

Bar graph showing underrepresented groups Passport institutions are supporting

*Other: underrepresented academic majors, such as STEM; student athletes; rural students; students who are parents; and Corps of Cadets