June 13, 2014
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The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 edition of IIEPassport: The Complete Guide to Study Abroad Programs. The IIEPassport study abroad directory has been the industry standard for more than 60 years, helping thousands of students identify and select study abroad programs. 

The 2014 directory includes in one convenient volume both short-term and long-term programs and is divided usefully into four world regions: Asia & Oceania, Africa & the Middle East, the Americas, and Europe. It contains thousands of study abroad program listings offered by U.S. and foreign universities and study abroad providers, along with key information on funding opportunities for study abroad experiences. In addition, the directory features key tips on how students can have a successful study abroad experience. 

The study abroad designee at each IIENetwork member institution will receive one complimentary copy of the publication.

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The outcomes from IIE’s first ever "Generation Study Abroad Think Tank," have been documented in the first Generation Study Abroad "green paper," so titled because it has been created, not as a final product, but a living document to which additional ideas will be added. This green paper lays the foundation for an ongoing discussion around how to increase the number of students studying abroad in the short term and to shift the paradigm over the long term.


We encourage you to share your insights and best practices with the community by commenting on the 11 Big Ideas outlined in the green paper.

Idea 1: redefine, rebrand and modernize the concept of "study abroad"

"Study abroad" has a strong connotation among some audiences of being fluff and fun, irrelevant to academic study and accessible only to the wealthy. The term itself does not reflect the breadth of study abroad options that have evolved over the years; it is outdated and needs to be changed to reflect the new reality of "study abroad." In our outreach campaigns, Generation Study Abroad needs to work to rebrand "study abroad" as something that is serious preparation for living and working in today’s global economy, and can encompass internships, volunteering, and service learning abroad as well as classroom experience.

Share your insights and best practices on this topic: Submit a comment on our blog.
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A recent article in the Boston College Center for International Higher Education’s quarterly publication discusses a report on the African-born academic diaspora in North America, which has grown rapidly over the last three decades. The article highlights recent efforts—including the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program administered by IIE—to address barriers in Africa and North America that frustrate efforts to improve research collaborations and curriculum development.

A new report from UNESCO entitled "Higher Education in Asia: Expanding Out, Expanding Up" analyzes ways in which countries across Asia can accommodate more students while strengthening the quality of their university programs and research. According to the report, higher education systems are expanding. But the situation varies considerably between countries, with the share of students enrolled in private institutions ranging from 15 percent in Vietnam to 81 percent in the Republic of Korea.

A recent study by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York suggests that state government involvement in the international programming of colleges and universities is frequently tied to the state's commitment to stimulating economic development. While states' activities often link businesses and campuses around research, the report also points to increased foreign student recruitment and study abroad programs, with the intention of building a workforce prepared for the knowledge economy.

Tatiana Mackliff blogged this week about IIE’s Global Teacher Programs. "Members of our team come to work every day knowing that their contributions will dramatically change the life of the teachers they support," writes Mackliff. "As if passion and commitment were not enough to make a great IIE employee, they have all lived, worked, studied, and traveled abroad." In her post, Mackliff shares about the international experiences of six IIE team members.

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