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 The term itself does not reflect the breadth of study abroad options that have evolved over the years; it is outdated and needs to be changed to reflect the new reality of "study abroad."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.