USF Education Abroad Awards Record Number of Scholarships
April 23, 2014
This summer USF expects to send the largest number of students abroad yet; and a record 92 students have been awarded scholarships totaling over $110,000. This is approximately $40,000 more than last summer with the majority of funding coming from USF World and the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarships.
Over the last three years Education Abroad has seen a sizable increase in students participating in USF programs. “Financial support can be a prohibiting factor to studying abroad,” said Roger Brindley, USF’s Vice Provost and USF System Associate Vice President for USF World. “With the support of the Provost we were able to add additional funding this year, giving more students the opportunity to have a transformative international experience they will need to be competitive in the global economy.”
Currently more than 700 students are making final preparations to study, research and intern overseas this summer. Programs will take participants to over 35 countries including India, China, and Argentina where they will examine other cultures, study social and political infrastructures and become fluent in another language.
The University is committed to international opportunities and the 2013-18 strategic plan is dedicated to preparing students to be well-educated and highly skilled global citizens. USF recently announced a commitment to double the number of students going abroad by 2018 through IIE’s Generation Study Abroad. The Institute of International Education (IIE) reports fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students go abroad in their academic career and the benefits to those who do go abroad far outweigh the financial costs.
USF’s Director of Education Abroad, Amanda Maurer, is excited by the upwards trend and the University’s commitment to global education. “Education abroad advisors make great efforts to guide students though the process of choosing a program that aligns with their academic goals. Targeted academic programs combined with increased financial support allow more students to go abroad and gain a global perspective that employer’s value.”
Read about the student’s experiences abroad on the USF World Going Places blog.
Summer 2014 Scholarships Awarded