November 11, 2014
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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. 

Call for proposals will open in early December. Registration will open in spring 2015.
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International Education Week (November 17–21) is just around the corner and IIE has provided a toolkit of resources to help you with your on campus activities. These tools are meant to support spreading the word on study abroad, as well as to assist you with your planning, and help Generation Study Abroad commitment partners highlight your commitment to doubling.

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The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) announced a commitment to tackle the major barriers that keep students from studying abroad—cost, curriculum, and culture—with a centerpiece pledge of $20 million in scholarships and grants to American students through the Generation Study Abroad initiative. CIEE will also sponsor passports for 10,000 students to enable participation and make an annual $20,000 grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches for custom study abroad programs.

"CIEE’s greatly expanded outreach and scholarship offerings will make a significant contribution to expanding and diversifying the population of students who have the opportunity to study abroad," said IIE President and Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman.

"Faculty and students alike consistently report their study abroad experiences are full of life changing, ah-ha moments," James Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. "Part of that change includes the realization that people in different countries, with different cultures and customs, are in many ways very similar to themselves. They are striving for a better life, for healthier children, for a more a peaceful world. This revelation helps students broaden their worldview and become more effective leaders of business, education, healthcare, politics and government."

CIEE will announce complete details of its commitment to Generation Study Abroad at the CIEE Annual Conference, November 19–22, 2014, in Baltimore.

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The 2014 Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange will be released on Monday, November 17, 2014, and will provide a comprehensive overview of international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities. The data will be released in conjunction with the latest Generation Study Abroad commitment partner numbers and will help inform the initiative’s goals for the upcoming year.

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December 2, 2014 | Make a Gift Today!

IIE is participating in the third annual #GivingTuesday, a national movement to celebrate America’s rich tradition of philanthropy. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Your #GivingTuesday donation to IIE is especially vital to the Generation Study Abroad initiative of doubling the number of US students studying abroad by the end of the decade.
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In her article in the latest edition of IIENetworker magazine, Heidi Manley, Deputy Director, Global Educational Programs at U.S. Department of State, looks closely at the profile of American students who are studying abroad to show the importance of diversifying in addition to increasing numbers. "At the Department of State, we want to reach parts of American society that are currently underrepresented in study abroad," writes Manley. "We want to see more young people travel to destinations where fewer Americans have studied, and to learn critical languages. 

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As students are faced with the rising costs of higher education, some are looking outside the United States where college can be more affordable. – Forbes

Most community college students haven’t left their counties for school; now a push is under way for them to leave the country. –
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Commitment Partner Spotlight

SUNY, the largest comprehensive state university system in the country, has pledged to increase study abroad by 25 percent across it 64 campuses, working with businesses to provide international internships and better prepare New York’s future workforce to take part in the global economy.

For more highlights and other bold commitments to Generation Study Abroad, visit the commitment partners webpage.

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VU University Amsterdam will offer scholarships of EUR 3,000 to students of Generation Study Abroad U.S. commitment partner institutions for one semester or one year of study on their campus. Students can choose from over 300 English taught undergraduate courses or follow a specialized disciplinary track. Applications will open on December 1, 2014.

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Events and Deadlines

Application Deadline: December 12, 2014 | Application and Program Details

IIE is pleased to announce that Generation Study Abroad partner The Forum on Education Abroad will open a second cohort of Capacity Reviews for Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners for the Spring 2015 semester.  Customized exclusively for IIE Generation Study Abroad Partners, the reviews focus on assessing and expanding education abroad capacity at all types of institutions and organizations. The process and exercises of the Education Abroad Capacity Review are designed to evaluate the individual organization’s resources and challenges in light of the organization’s mission for education abroad, The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and the best practices in the education abroad field. Participants receive customized advice and practical strategies for increasing the number of students studying abroad, to support meeting their organization’s unique Generation Study Abroad goals.
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Application Deadline: December 1, 2014 | Application and Scholarship Details

The application deadline for Education New Zealand scholarships for U.S. students is now less than a month away. The awards, 33 in total, have been established to assist US students with the costs of studying abroad in New Zealand. Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards, worth US$2,000, will go to seven students who demonstrate the talent and flair to be ambassadors for New Zealand as an international education destination. Recipients will be required to report on their experience through social media and other channels while in New Zealand.  A further 26 Excellence Awards, each worth US$500, will be offered by New Zealand’s eight universities and participating Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (or ITPs) to assist with the up-front cost of traveling to New Zealand. 

Please note that there is also second application deadline, April 30, 2015, for the fall 2015 semester.
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November 19, 2014, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM | Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

In this workshop series, IIE team members will provide program overviews and advising recommendations for IIE administered grants, such as the Gilman Scholarship Program, Boren Awards, and the Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs. Along with details of these IIE programs, they will provide information about Generation Study Abroad, a new five-year initiative launched by the Institute of International Education in March 2014 to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad by the end of the decade.

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Save the Date: December 2, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

Save the date for the next of our Generation Study Abroad Webinar Series to be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 3:00 PM EST. This month’s topic will focus on diversity in study abroad, specifically pertaining to resources and best practices for disability inclusion. 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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