CIEE Opens Doors with Generation Study Abroad Student Scholarships, Passports, and Faculty Grants

CIEE breaks down barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to enable
hundreds more U.S. students to study abroad

Council on International Educational Exchange
reports it is making
significant progress toward its Generation Study Abroad pledge to
increase study abroad opportunities for students from all academic
majors and from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

Research shows that students who participate in study abroad have higher
grade point averages, graduate faster, and are more attractive to future
employers. Yet fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study
abroad. In November 2014, CIEE joined the Institute of International
Education’s Generation Study Abroad challenge by committing to breaking
down each of the three main barriers to study abroad – cost, curriculum,
and culture – with a set of specific, concrete, action-oriented programs
designed to enable more students to take part in international
education. Today the organization is on track to meet its five-year goal
to provide $20 million in student financial aid, sponsor passports for
10,000 students, train more college faculty, and create more flexible
curriculum options by the year 2020.

In the nine months since launching efforts in January 2015, CIEE has
made progress in each area of its pledge, specifically:

Breaking cost barriers

  • Student Scholarships: CIEE awarded a total of $5,965,000 in
    scholarships and financial aid to high school and college students and
  • Faculty Grants: CIEE awarded the inaugural $20,000 CIEE
    Generation Study Abroad Access Grant to Northshore Technical Community
    College in Louisiana to support an innovative faculty-led study abroad
    program in the Middle East designed specifically for students in STEM

Breaking curriculum barriers

  • Flexible Semester Study Abroad Curriculum Model: CIEE
    reinvented the study abroad model with the launch of the Global
    Institutes in Berlin, Germany; London, England; and Rome, Italy. The
    CIEE Global
    provide affordable, flexible academic programming
    options for students of all majors to design their ideal international
    experience, with options for internships, research projects, and
    community service. Students can enroll in up to three 6-week academic
    blocks in one location, or combine blocks from multiple locations for
    comparative academic program study. In most cases, students can
    maintain their home institution’s financial aid while studying at
    multiple Global Institutes.
  • Short-Term Study Abroad Curriculum Model: CIEE increased
    short-term program options to 301 sessions available during January,
    May, and three summer sessions. This allows students of all academic
    majors and challenging schedules to participate in study abroad as
    their academic and personal responsibilities permit.
  • Expanded STEM Study Abroad Programs: CIEE added new science,
    technology, engineering, math (STEM), and sustainability curriculum
    options to its portfolio. CIEE now offers 104 study abroad programs,
    with STEM course options in 47 locations worldwide – providing
    students with the most study abroad options for STEM disciplines
    available today.
  • New Faculty Development Seminars: CIEE created faculty
    development seminars focused on best practices in international
    education to help train faculty from colleges and universities across
    the country and in all academic disciplines in how to develop and
    deliver high-quality faculty-led study abroad programs.

Breaking culture barriers

  • CIEE Passport Caravan: CIEE provided new passports to 250
    college students with 550 more scheduled through the end of the
    academic year. Obtaining a passport is the first step for many
    students to believing they can truly study abroad.
  • Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: To celebrate the 25th
    Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act in July 2015, CIEE
    partnered with Mobility International USA to support students with
    disabilities, who are underrepresented in study abroad. Through the
    CIEE/MIUSA Access the World Scholarships, CIEE has provided more than
    $45,000 in scholarships to students with disabilities to study abroad
    through a diverse selection of CIEE summer programs in Europe, the
    Middle East, and Africa. In total, CIEE/MIUSA Access the World
    Scholarships will fund 20 students’ participation in CIEE summer
    programs and five students’ participation in the Open Campus program
    at CIEE’s new Global Institute in Berlin, Germany.
  • Minority-Serving Institutions Presidents Workshop: CIEE and the
    Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions have developed a one-day
    workshop for presidents from minority-serving institutions across the
    United States to review the research on the impact of study abroad on
    student success and discuss ways to expand opportunities for their
    student bodies’ to study abroad.

“Study abroad is rapidly becoming a core requirement for students across
the country who are seeking the skills that will prepare them for our
culturally diverse and interconnected world. Research shows that
international study can help students improve their success in college,
as measured by grade point averages, graduation rates, and employment
opportunities. We are grateful to our Academic Consortium members,
Academic Consortium Board, and worldwide CIEE staff who have rallied
around the building blocks to our Generation Study Abroad pledge to
expand study abroad to more young people,” said CIEE President and Chief
Executive Officer James P. Pellow, Ed.D. “We would not be breaking down
these barriers without their help and there is still so much more to do.”

Over the next four years, CIEE will continue its commitment to breaking
barriers to study abroad by offering more scholarships, faculty grants,
passports, and flexible programming options that make an international
experience accessible to even more students, particularly those in
underrepresented populations.

Read CIEE’s pledge and follow its progress at

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

Founded in 1947, CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit
study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving more than
350 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and more
than 35,000 international exchange students each year. CIEE operates 61
study centers in 43 countries, and sponsors international faculty
training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and
custom programs for secondary, post-secondary, and international
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