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USF Joins Institute of International Education Coalition to Double Number of Students Who Study Abroad by End of Decade
March 3, 2014

USF has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade.

USF Education Abroad will work to double the numbers of students engaged in an international experience from 895 students (2011-12) to 1790 in the next five years.

More than 150 higher education institutions from 41 U.S. states have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment. IIE has committed $2 million to this initiative over the next five years, and has established a Study Abroad Fund to provide scholarships to college and high school students and grants to institutions.

Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career. According to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange released by IIE last November with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 295,000 students studied abroad in 2011/12 in credit-bearing and non-credit programs. Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade.

With 2.6 million students graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year, it is clear that major segments of America’s young people are not getting the international experience they will need to advance their careers and participate in the global economy, or to work together across borders to address global issues.

For more information on IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, and a complete list of commitment partners, go to: www.iie.org/generationstudyabroad.