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Roughly 15 months after IIE launched the Generation Study Abroad® initiative, it’s time to take stock. Are we making progress? Can we achieve our goal of doubling study abroad by the end of the decade? With nearly 650 commitment partners pledging tangible actions to increase study abroad participation, IIE’s Daniel Obst takes a look at what this means for the future of study abroad in the United States.

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The best-selling, A Student Guide to Study Abroad, is now available in Bookshare, a site dedicated to providing access to reading materials a library of materials for those who have difficulty reading traditional print materials. Anyone in the world with a qualifying print disability may join Bookshare and joining is free for qualified U.S. students and schools. Access through Bookshare.

Print and e-book formats of are for sale at www.iie.org/publications. Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners are eligible to receive a free e-book for distribution throughout their institution. Contact jgrosh@iie.org.
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IIE is pleased to announce that more than 450 K-12 teachers from all 50 U.S. states have joined the Generation Study Abroad initiative and made a pledge to promote study abroad to their students and communities. To see what specific actions some have pledged to undertake, have a look at these inspirational Teacher Stories.

Help us reach 1,000 teachers: Please share this call to action on your social media channels or with a friend or family member who is a teacher. Help us build a pipeline to study abroad by supporting our K-12 teachers.

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IIE has presented IIE Passport Awards for Study Abroad to thirteen high school students across the United States. The Institute established these planning scholarships in 2014 to create pathways to study abroad for high school juniors so that they can acquire global skills and expand personal and professional opportunities as part of their college education. See highlights from the Houston Independent School District.

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Attend the IIE Summit 2015 on Generation Study Abroad and hear from CEOs and VPs of HR and Talent Acquisition about how they value international experience and what they are looking for in a graduate.

Hear from:

Philippe Blondiaux, Global CFO, Chanel
Pierluigi Dinelli, Chairman and CEO, Pirelli Tire North America
Ruth Ferguson, Senior Vice President, HR Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Peter D. Hancock, President & CEO, AIG
Peter Nicholas Lengyel, President & CEO, Safran USA
Angela Sorrell, Associate Director, Campus Recruiting Leader, Ernst & Young LLP (EY)

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According to a recent report, U.S. universities need to highlight the academic and career benefits of studying abroad rather than focus on "life-changing experience" rhetoric if they want to increase male student participation. — Times Higher Education

For the first time, STEM majors outnumber study abroad students in other major fields according to IIE’s Open Doors Report. — Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Expanded funding opportunities are allowing an increasing number of low-income high school students to travel abroad "as part of a broader attempt to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps in a more globalized world." — Chicago Tribune 

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Commitment Partner Spotlight

With nearly 650 Generation Study Abroad commitment partners, the list of resources and opportunities available to the community keeps on growing. Be sure to check the Generation Study Abroad Opportunities webpage frequently for a list of scholarships, resources, and tools available to the commitment partner network.

Opportunities Include:
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Events and Deadlines

August 6, 2015, 3:00–4:00 PM EST

In this Webinar, learn how study abroad and international/global studies programs are using the power of the WeSpeke social network to help students (both outbound and inbound) be better prepared before they depart. See how students are connecting with people in their destination countries. Listen to study abroad directors talk about how they are using WeSpeke before, during, and after the study abroad experience to enhance their programs and focus students on job preparation for the global economy.

Generation Study Abroad commitment partners may register on the Commitment Partner Network. For more information, contact studyabroad@iie.org.
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The Institute of International Education’s www.iiepassport.org site has been a principal resource for students and practitioners in the study abroad field for more than 10 years. Providing the most comprehensive directories of study abroad opportunities, IIEPassport helps connect students with institutions, programs and funding sources around the world. The online database features detailed descriptions of international sponsors, programs and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, plus doctoral and postdoctoral research. Moving forward, www.iiepassport.org will be critical to IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, which seeks to double U.S. study abroad participation by the end of the decade.

IIE also offers affordable and effective opportunities to further promote your organization. With questions, please contact iiesupport@naylor.com.
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