John Cabot University Joins Institute of International Education's "Generation Study Abroad" Initiative

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John Cabot University has signed onto the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans gain international experience through study abroad programs. IIE’s Generation Study Abroad coalition of 450 partners seeks to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. John Cabot University has provided study abroad experiences to more than 10,000 American students since its founding in 1972.

In support of our pledge to make study abroad more accessible to American students, John Cabot University is continually expanding its course offerings and providing new opportunities to fund a semester abroad. To make study abroad more accessible to STEM students, JCU’s new engineering courses are launching in summer 2015. Additionally, we will be awarding four full-tuition scholarships for one three-credit class each during our 2015 summer sessions. Participants must submit an essay or video by February 15 explaining which course they want to take this summer at JCU.

Only 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 published by IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 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.

About Generation Study Abroad
Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase study abroad participation by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing programs. Generation Study Abroad will sustain an ongoing dialogue about the need for more students from all backgrounds and in all fields to gain international experience. This will include research to identify and break down barriers hindering students from studying abroad, communications to share strategies and best practices to increase study abroad, and fundraising to mobilize additional financial resources. IIE will also hold a Summit on Generation Study Abroad on October 1-2, 2015 to engage stakeholders in higher education and all commitment partners.

About the Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.