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College Tourist joins the Institute of International Educations Generation Study Abroad Initiative.


College Tourist commits to continue expanding our global reach to encourage and inspire more students to study abroad.

College Tourist has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans to gain international experience through study abroad programs. This is one of more than 450 new commitments announced by IIE.

IIE’s Generation Study Abroad 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.  College Tourist celebrates the experiential learning that comes from travel through our Student Travel Ambassadors on campuses around the globe.  Students provide resources, information and inspiration through written articles and social media marketing for students planning to travel or study abroad.

Under the new partnership, College Tourist will take concrete, action-oriented steps to expand opportunities for study abroad.    College Tourist will create and publish monthly articles and interviews focusing on #GenerationStudyAbroad and the benefits of student travel. Articles in this series will be written by current students and recent alums with a different focus each month.  Topics may include career enhancement, language learning, personal growth or cultural tolerance and awareness.

As of November 2014, Generation Study Abroad partners to date include over 300 colleges and universities of all sizes and types across the country and around the world, as well as 13 governments, 16 education associations, 67 international partners, and 56 study abroad, K-12, and social network organizations who have committed to specific goals to increase the number of U.S. students studying abroad. Commitments include actions to diversity the population of students who participate in study abroad and provide additional financial resources to make this possible.

IIE launched Generation Study Abroad early this year in the belief that the number and proportion of today’s students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. 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 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.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”

About Generation Study Abroad

IIE’s 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 College Tourist

College Tourist is a digital media network and resource for college students who embrace the adventure and experiential learning that comes from study abroad and travel.  College Tourist is for students, by students.  Teams of students from around the globe take part in writing and social media marketing programs throughout the year to promote the adventure of travel.

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.

Get Interviewed.

If you are a company or study abroad institution and would like to be interviewed by College Tourist for this series of articles please contact us via hey (at) thecollegetourist.com.

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