Education is critical to helping solve the world’s most pressing problems, and international experience is vital for individuals to thrive in a world as interconnected as ours. Study abroad is one of the best ways that students can acquire global skills and create personal and professional opportunities. It has long been part of IIE’s mission to increase participation and diversity in study abroad and to extend these benefits for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status. For students of limited means, studying abroad can require long-term planning and involve financial hurdles, like the cost of a passport, which could bar them from moving forward.
Through the IIE American Passport Project, IIE plans to have enabled 10,000 students to have passports by the end of this decade.