NC State has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad national initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade, #GenerationStudyAbroad. NC State has committed to growing its study abroad participation by 50% by 2019. The initiative is also focusing on increasing the diversity of the students who study abroad, ensuring quality, and removing barriers to participation.
Multiple strategies will help achieve this goal. NC State will seek $1 million in new endowment funds for study abroad scholarships, expand the Curriculum Integration initiative to help growing numbers of students integrate global experiences into their degree programs and strengthen discipline-specific global competencies, and enhance the university’s transfer credit database to facilitate the approval of courses taken abroad. NC State will also create new systems through its travel authorization process to better track and support graduate students engaged in credit-bearing research abroad.
To ensure that all NC State students have access to international experiences, the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity will build on the partnership begun through ACE’s At Home in the World initiative, and increase by 50% the number of racial/ethnic minority students studying abroad. NC State will establish a new scholarship for underrepresented students, engage scholarship recipients in extensive peer outreach, and develop additional highly structured short-term study abroad programs that will be accessible and attractive to students who have limited or no prior international experience.
“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.”
IIE is launching Generation Study Abroad because the number and proportion of today’s students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. With 2.6 million students nationally graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year, it is clear that major segments of America’s young people are not getting the international experience they will need to advance their careers and participate in the global economy, or to work together across borders to address global issues. NC State pledges to increase study abroad participation by 50 percent, from a 2011-2012 baseline of 1020 to at least 1530 by 2019. NC State and other committed partners are working to ensure that students from all backgrounds and in all fields of study have the opportunity to gain this important experience.
For more information on IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, and a complete list of commitment partners, go to: www.iie.org/generationstudyabroad.