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Texas State joins IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
June 13, 2014

Texas State University has joined the Institute of International Education's (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative.

Generation Study Abroad now has more than 300 commitment partners who have committed to specific, actionable goals to increase the number of U.S. students studying abroad, including colleges and universities of all sizes and types across the country as well as study abroad organizations, foreign governments and associations.

More than half of the U.S. colleges and universities who have joined are leveraging their participation in Generation Study Abroad to secure new study abroad scholarship funding from their own institutions and from outside donors. As part of its commitment, Texas State will increase scholarship funds for study abroad students by $95,000 per year for five years, allocate $15,000 per year for five years to support new program models and new faculty participation.

IIE has been working with governments and private sector organizations to develop plans for scholarships and financial assistance to students from campuses who are participating in Generation Study Abroad. New initiatives will reach out to underserved groups and increase the diversity of the student population that goes abroad. IIE has also begun to provide additional resources and services to campuses that have joined as commitment partners to help them reach their ambitious goals.

About Generation Study Abroad

Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad to a total of 600,000 students by the end of the decade. IIE will lead the Generation Study Abroad coalition in creating an ongoing dialogue about the need for students to gain international experience. In addition to significantly expanding study abroad, the campaign will track campus activities that expand diversity in race and ethnicity, academic disciplines and gender. For more information, visit the Generation Study Abroad website at www.iie.org/en/Programs/Generation-Study-Abroad/Join-Generation-Study-Abroad.