The Council on International Educational Exchange has announced a commitment of $20 million to eliminate some of the barriers — including cost, curriculum, and culture — that keep students from studying abroad.
The commitment — in the form of scholarships and grants to American students — will support the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad initiative, with the goal of doubling the number of Americans studying abroad by the end of the decade. To that end, CIEE will also sponsor passports for ten thousand students to enable their participation, and will make an annual $20,000 grant to a college faculty member in support of innovative approaches to customizing study abroad programs.
Data show that fewer than three hundred thousand U.S. students a year — roughly 10 percent of all college students — study abroad before they graduate. "Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise," said Allan E. Goodman, president and CEO of IIE. "Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders. CIEE's greatly expanded outreach and scholarship offerings will make a significant contribution to expanding and diversifying the population of students who have the opportunity to study abroad."