By Keshia Abraham, Director of Strategic Initiatives
CIEE’s Passport Caravan has sponsored more than 5,900 passports (5,904 to be exact) for students who have demonstrated financial need or come from a population of students typically not represented in study abroad. We’re more than halfway to fulfilling the pledge we made as part of the Generation Study Abroad Initiative to fund passports for 10,000 students around the country by 2020.
For many students, obtaining a passport is the first step to believing they can truly study abroad. By providing passports free of charge and facilitating the passport application process, Passport Caravan opens the door to opportunities for students who might feel that study abroad is beyond their reach.
What is Passport Caravan?
Passport Caravan is a manifestation of our commitment to diversifying the pool of students that are able to study abroad by breaking down the most common barriers to participation: cost, curriculum, and culture.
When Passport Caravan visits a campus, we arrange for passport agents to be present to process passport applications and we provide free passports for up to 50 students. We don’t want the cost and effort associated with getting a passport to prevent any student who wants to study abroad from accessing that life-changing experience.
How do I get Passport Caravan to visit my school?
Request a Passport Caravan event here. CIEE will work with each institution selected as a Passport Caravan partner to choose a date that works with both the institution’s calendar and the overall calendar of Passport Caravan. When selecting an event date, please consider the lead-time necessary to promote the event and have students gather documents.
Passport Caravan Visits Spring 2018
- University of Pittsburgh
- Wake Forest University
- Fayetteville State University
- Saint Edward's University
- Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
- The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Tulane University
- University of Maryland, Baltimore
- Miami University, Oxford
- Spelman College
- Howard University
- Morgan State University
- Shaw University
- Keene State College
- University of New Hampshire
- Haverford College
- Lincoln University (MO)
Passport Caravan Visits Planned for Fall 2018
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- University of South Florida
- Western Michigan University & Kalamazoo College (joint event)
- Colorado State University
- Skidmore College
- Mississippi Valley State University
- Winthrop University
- Providence College
- Robert Morris University