August 8, 2014
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Monday, September 15, 2014 | Cipriani Wall Street, New York City

You are invited to attend IIE’s annual gala benefit dinner on September 15, 2014 in New York City. At the gala, IIE will honor the Shawn Carter Foundation with the inaugural IIE Generation Study Abroad Award. IIE is honoring the Foundation to recognize its growing scholarship program in partnership with IIE and the U.S. Department of State’s Gilman International Scholarship Program to launch the Shawn Carter-Gilman International Scholarships to increase access to higher education for underserved students and provide opportunities for these students to study abroad as a critical part of expanding their horizons as they prepare for successful careers. The IIE Generation Study Abroad Award recognizes individuals and organizations that encourage purposeful, innovative action to get more Americans to undertake an international experience by supporting IIE’s "Generation Study Abroad," a 5-year initiative to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.

IIE will also present its Opening Minds Corporate Leadership Award to Chrysler Group and its Chairman & CEO Sergio Marchionne, who is an example of an exceptional, internationally educated global leader. IIE will honor Mr. Marchionne and Chrysler Group LLC for the company’s global leadership, international reach and return to prominence in the world economy.

IIE’s annual Gala is a very special celebration attended by more than 500 prominent business, civic, and philanthropic leaders, and provides a wonderful venue to honor and celebrate individuals and organizations that have shown exemplary leadership in international education. 

IIENetwork members and Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners are eligible for a reduced rate. Please complete the reply form to register or contact Alexandra Lowe at or 212-984-5310. For more information, please visit
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October 8–9, 2015 | Washington, DC | Read More

The first annual IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad will bring together commitment partners to facilitate the sharing of best practices and the development of new partnerships and ideas that will advance the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students who study abroad by the end of the decade. 

The IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad will be an exciting, multi-sector platform to engage all commitment partners, including U.S. and non-U.S. higher education institutions, the K-12 community, foreign language community, study abroad organizations, education associations, private sector corporations and foundations, and U.S. and foreign government partners. 

The summit will be an opportunity to highlight the progress made by partners and challenge commitment partners to further action. 

Registration will open in Spring 2015.
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The U.S. Department of State hosted a Google+ Hangout for high school educators, guidance counselors, and staff on May 22, 2014, to answer questions and discuss the benefits of sending high school students to study abroad. Scholarship opportunities are open to all U.S. high school students that meet program eligibility criteria. The U.S. Department of State seeks applicants representing the diversity of the United States.

The U.S. Department of State invites you to expand your world by hosting an extraordinary international student in your home or school. By living and studying alongside high school exchange students, you can make lifelong friendships and learn about different cultures.

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The Graduate Management Admission Council published five unique skills gained by studying abroad that can help students stand out from the crowd, including increases self-confidence, broadening your worldview, and exposing you to other cultures. –

A blog post by John Coogan the Executive Director of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, explores how the merits of international experiences outweigh the costs in an increasingly globalized world. –

Alexa Davis explores various tips for making study abroad more affordable at both the pre-departure and arrival stages of the experience. –Forbes

Marybeth Gasman & Felecia Commodore draw attention to the unique challenges facing HBCU students while also emphasizing the importance of providing study abroad opportunities and increasing international engagement at HBCUs. –HBCU Lifestyle
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Commitment Partner Spotlight

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) President and CEO Antonio R. Flores recently visited with key U.S. government officials as part of HACU's commitment to expand student participation in study abroad programs. 

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JCC has been approved for a new degree program that will prepare students for the reality of globalization and global issues. The new Associate in Arts degree in global studies will be offered on two JCC campuses and is geared toward students seeking a two-year degree as a ladder to a baccalaureate degree in global studies or a related area of social sciences or humanities.

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Events and Deadlines

April 16–17, 2015 | Granville, Ohio
Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2014 | Submission Form
The Spring 2015 conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) focuses on building relationships to serve an expanded population. CLAC will reflect on past achievements and plan future directions. There is growing interest and support for developing international and cross-cultural perspectives in curricula.  Programs like 100K Strong in the Americas and Generation Study Abroad create even more opportunities to spotlight the role of CLAC principles/practices in shaping the next "generation of leaders who can reach across borders" whether physical, linguistic, cultural, or curricular.  

The conference is hosted by Denison University and offered in collaboration with Auburn University, Baldwin Wallace University, Binghamton University, Drake University, Gettysburg College, Oberlin College, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Skidmore College, The University of Iowa, The University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, University of Richmond, and Wittenberg College.

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August 26, 2014 | 3:00 PM EST

Save the date for the next of our Generation Study Abroad Webinar Series to be held on Tuesday, August 26th. This month’s topic will focus on study abroad data, methods of collection and the impact that good data can have on an institution. The webinar will feature data collection experts Martha Johnson from the University of Minnesota, and Gary Rhodes from UCLA, as well as Open Doors editor Christine Farrugia from IIE. 

This webinar is free of charge and open to Generation Study Abroad commitment partners. Commitment partners will receive an email with details on how to register shortly.
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