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CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange reports it is making significant progress toward its Generation Study Abroad pledge to increase study abroad opportunities for students from all academic majors and from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

Research shows that students who participate in study abroad have higher grade point averages, graduate faster, and are more attractive to future employers. Yet fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad. In November 2014, CIEE joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad challenge by committing to breaking down each of the three main barriers to study abroad – cost, curriculum, and culture – with a set of specific, concrete, action-oriented programs designed to enable more students to take part in international education. Today the organization is on track to meet its five-year goal to provide $20 million in student financial aid, sponsor passports for 10,000 students, train more college faculty, and create more flexible curriculum options by the year 2020.

In the nine months since launching efforts in January 2015, CIEE has made progress in each area of its pledge, specifically:

Breaking cost barriers
Student Scholarships: CIEE awarded a total of $5,965,000 in scholarships and financial aid to high school and college students and institutions.
Faculty Grants: CIEE awarded the inaugural $20,000 CIEE Generation Study Abroad Access Grant to Northshore Technical Community College in Louisiana to support an innovative faculty-led study abroad program in the Middle East designed specifically for students in STEM fields.

Breaking curriculum barriers
Flexible Semester Study Abroad Curriculum Model: CIEE reinvented the study abroad model with the launch of the Global Institutes in Berlin, Germany; London, England; and Rome, Italy. The CIEE Global Institutes provide affordable, flexible academic programming options for students of all majors to design their ideal international experience, with options for internships, research projects, and community service. Students can enroll in up to three 6-week academic blocks in one location, or combine blocks from multiple locations for comparative academic program study. In most cases, students can maintain their home institution’s financial aid while studying at multiple Global Institutes.
Short-Term Study Abroad Curriculum Model: CIEE increased short-term program options to 301 sessions available during January, May, and three summer sessions. This allows students of all academic majors and challenging schedules to participate in study abroad as their academic and personal responsibilities permit.
Expanded STEM Study Abroad Programs: CIEE added new science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and sustainability curriculum options to its portfolio. CIEE now offers 104 study abroad programs, with STEM course options in 47 locations worldwide - providing students with the most study abroad options for STEM disciplines available today.
New Faculty Development Seminars: CIEE created faculty development seminars focused on best practices in international education to help train faculty from colleges and universities across the country and in all academic disciplines in how to develop and deliver high-quality faculty-led study abroad programs.

Breaking culture barriers
CIEE Passport Caravan: CIEE provided new passports to 250 college students with 550 more scheduled through the end of the academic year. Obtaining a passport is the first step for many students to believing they can truly study abroad.
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act in July 2015, CIEE partnered with Mobility International USA to support students with disabilities, who are underrepresented in study abroad. Through the CIEE/MIUSA Access the World Scholarships, CIEE has provided more than $45,000 in scholarships to students with disabilities to study abroad through a diverse selection of CIEE summer programs in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In total, CIEE/MIUSA Access the World Scholarships will fund 20 students’ participation in CIEE summer programs and five students’ participation in the Open Campus program at CIEE’s new Global Institute in Berlin, Germany.
Minority-Serving Institutions Presidents Workshop: CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions have developed a one-day workshop for presidents from minority-serving institutions across the United States to review the research on the impact of study abroad on student success and discuss ways to expand opportunities for their student bodies’ to study abroad.

“Study abroad is rapidly becoming a core requirement for students across the country who are seeking the skills that will prepare them for our culturally diverse and interconnected world. Research shows that international study can help students improve their success in college, as measured by grade point averages, graduation rates, and employment opportunities. We are grateful to our Academic Consortium members, Academic Consortium Board, and worldwide CIEE staff who have rallied around the building blocks to our Generation Study Abroad pledge to expand study abroad to more young people,” said CIEE President and Chief Executive Officer James P. Pellow, Ed.D. “We would not be breaking down these barriers without their help and there is still so much more to do.”

Over the next four years, CIEE will continue its commitment to breaking barriers to study abroad by offering more scholarships, faculty grants, passports, and flexible programming options that make an international experience accessible to even more students, particularly those in underrepresented populations.

Read CIEE’s pledge and follow its progress at


CIEE Celebrates 50 Years of Study Abroad Partnership with Japan Innovating Cultural and Educational Exchange

To commemorate 50 years of partnership with Japanese educators and students, on September 30 CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange announced the CIEE Japan 50-Year Anniversary Scholarship: Summer Study Around the World before an assembly of international dignitaries that included heads of Japan’s top academic institutions, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.

The newly created scholarships will be awarded to 50 promising young Japanese students to study abroad on CIEE summer programs in more than 40 different countries. CIEE will award 10 scholarships in 2016, followed by 20 more in 2017, and another 20 in 2018. Scholars from a range of disciplines – language, business, culture, marine science, public health, engineering, art, and more – will see their tuition waived for courses offered at CIEE Study Centers around the globe, including in Argentina, Bonaire, China, Cuba, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, and the United States.

The scholarships were announced by James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE, who said, “We honor the first steps that Japan’s students took in 1965, which broke cultural and logistical barriers, and encouraged mutual understanding and friendship between our nations. They are the inspiration for the CIEE Japan 50-Year Anniversary Scholarship, which seeks to help Japanese students overcome the main barriers to study abroad – cost, curriculum, and culture. This scholarship program will allow Japanese students to join Americans and other international students in study programs around the world.”

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (3rd from left), CIEE President & CEO James Pellow (6th from left), and CIEE Japan staff participate in a traditional Japanese sake barrel breaking during a celebration of CIEE’s 50 years of study abroad partnership with Japan.

Since CIEE opened its office in Tokyo in 1965, it has provided scores of educational exchange programs to more than 60,000 Japanese and international students and educators who have gone on to serve as leaders in business, education, the arts, and public service. The experience they’ve had on CIEE programs has opened the door for alumni to work across cultures as global citizens, helping to bridge cultural differences and encourage warm relationships between nations, businesses, and people.

“Over the past 50 years, more than 60,000 people have participated in CIEE’s international exchange programs. And each one of them has a story of how the CIEE experience was life changing. My former assistant, for example, participated in CIEE Japan’s study abroad program when she was an exchange student here in Tokyo. This is just one example of how CIEE programs have brought us closer together,” said Ambassador Kennedy. “I would like to extend my deep appreciation for your dedication to international education and friendship between our two countries. I would also like to thank CIEE for its support of the TeamUp campaign to increase the number of American and Japanese students studying in each other’s countries, and for its spectacular new scholarships for Japanese students to study around the world. You truly are cultivating a new generation of leaders for the United States and Japan.”

The variety of programs led by CIEE Japan has been diverse over the last five decades and includes initiatives which, at the time of their inception, were considered groundbreaking. Today they have become integral to Japanese culture and its education system. It all began in 1965 with a dramatic chartered flight that departed Haneda International Airport for America with 102 young and excited Japanese students aboard. Those pioneers broke a key societal barrier among citizens of both nations, paving the way for future generations to explore other nations.

“Knowing that we have had a hand in nurturing so many global citizens, especially between our two countries, is a point of pride that humbles and inspires me,” said Robert E. Fallon, chairman of the CIEE Board of Directors. “Our collaborative work has opened the hearts and minds of Japanese and American students who have studied abroad and experienced life in other cultures. Indeed we have made great progress toward the founding mission of CIEE: to foster world peace and greater understanding between nations. Thank you to the Japanese people and our institutional partners who have contributed to 50 years of CIEE’s success in Japan.”

Over the years, the programs managed by CIEE Japan have steadily expanded, with help and collaboration from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and partner universities. Programs include:

• Providing the first-ever in-service training for Japanese teachers of English;
• Administration/representative of the TOEFL® Test products;
• Management of International Volunteer Projects abroad;
• Study and work abroad opportunities for Japanese students;
• Japanese host programs for American educators and students;
• Hosting programs for international students and volunteers in Japan.

For more information about the experiences of CIEE Japan alumni and partners, and to read notes of congratulations on 50 years, visit



CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange today announced Beth M. Evans as vice president of global enrollment management for Study Abroad.

In this newly created position, Evans will oversee global enrollment, including direct-to-student, and institutional relations for CIEE’s more than 200 undergraduate study abroad programs. In addition, she will manage the awarding of CIEE’s annual scholarship funds.

Evans brings more than 25 years of experience in enrollment management, financial aid management, international education, and strategic planning to CIEE. She holds professional affiliations with College Board, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Most recently, Evans served as vice president of enrollment management at St. John’s University, where she was responsible for graduate and undergraduate enrollment and managed an annual budget of $173 million, including more than $161 million in financial aid programs. Previously, she held executive positions in study abroad and admissions at New York University and Muhlenberg College. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and accounting from Muhlenberg College. Evans studied abroad in Seville, Spain, as an undergraduate.

The new position supports CIEE’s commitment to Generation Study Abroad™, a national initiative to double the number of American students studying abroad to 600,000 by 2020. CIEE has pledged $20 million in scholarships and grants for American students, passports for 10,000 students to enable participation, and an annual grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches for custom study abroad programs.


CIEE Welcomes New Staff to Study Abroad Team

Join us in welcoming the following new staff to the Study Abroad team:

Sara Palumbo, Director of Enrollment

Sara Palumbo joined the CIEE Study Abroad team as the new director of enrollment in January. Sara works closely with the CIEE Study Abroad advisors during the student application and predeparture experience. Before joining CIEE, Sara served as executive director of enrollment management and adult services at St. John’s University, director of student affairs and retention at Long Island University – Global College, and associate director of admissions at New York University. She credits her excitement for international education to her two formative study abroad experiences in Florence and Nanjing. Sara holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from City University of New York.

Craig Hastings, Regional Director of Operations, Latin America & Caribbean

Craig Hastings has joined CIEE as resident director of operations, Latin America and Caribbean. He comes to CIEE from Saudi Arabia, where he managed special enrichment programming at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Previously, Craig served as deputy director of LASPAU, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Harvard University dedicated to educational exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean. During his tenure, he led the organization’s administration of scholarship programs, including the Fulbright Foreign Student program, the Organization of American States (OAS) scholarship programs, and the national scholarship programs of Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and Peru. Craig holds a master’s degree in education with a focus in administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish with a concentration in international relations from Clark University. Craig is an active member of NAFSA and serves on the 2015 and 2016 NAFSA Annual Conference Committee.



In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange and Mobility International USA (MIUSA) are awarding 25 scholarships to motivated and high-achieving U.S. college students with disabilities to study abroad. Twenty students will receive scholarships to one of CIEE’s 65 four-week summer programs. Another five students will receive scholarships to the Open Campus program at CIEE’s new Global Institute – Berlin.

According to Open Doors Data, students with disabilities are one of the most underrepresented groups in study abroad. CIEE and MIUSA are actively trying to change this by increasing access to international education opportunities through the new CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarships.

“International education is a powerful tool in the development of all students, providing the necessary skills to succeed in a globally interconnected world,” said James Pellow, president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “On this 25th anniversary, we’re proud to continue the work of expanding opportunities for people with disabilities started by President George H.W. Bush and Congress in July 1990 by providing scholarships that will help to tear down the barriers to international education and offer examples to all students that study abroad is possible.”

The new CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarships are part of the two organizations’ commitment to Generation Study Abroad™, a five-year initiative from the Institute of International Education (IIE), which strives to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by 2020. CIEE has pledged a series of concrete initiatives over the next five years to increase study abroad opportunities at the secondary and postsecondary education levels by breaking down the real and perceived barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 1. Interested U.S. college students should visit our webpage ( to learn more and complete the scholarship application form.




Grants support college study abroad by tackling cost, curriculum, and culture barriers

that keep young people from pursuing international learning


 (PORTLAND, ME – Dec. 18, 2014)  In an effort to make the study abroad experience accessible to more college students, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) today announced it will award $1.2 million in grants to college students for study at one of its two new Global Institutes in London or Berlin. One hundred grants of $6,000 will be awarded per semester during the 2015-2016 academic year, with the first round available through CIEE on January 15 for fall 2015.

 The $1.2 million in grant monies for students is the first allotment of CIEE’s $20 million scholarship pledge to Generation Study Abroad™, a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.  

 “Study abroad has never been as critical a component of education as it is in today’s globalized marketplace,” said James P. Pellow, Ed. D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “These grants are paired with an innovative academic model that will help students overcome the barriers of cost and curriculum as they strive to develop the skills needed to compete and excel in our interconnected world.”

 The decision to distribute the first allocation of grants to college students attending CIEE’s new Global Institutes in Berlin or London is deliberate, as it squarely tackles the three central barriers that keep students from studying abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture. CIEE’s Global Institutes – debuting fall 2015 – offer accessibly priced programs, maximum cultural immersion in the host city, and unmatched curriculum flexibility. Each features an innovative Open Campus academic model that couples courses for all majors taught in English with innovative 12- or 18-week accredited programs to accommodate students’ diverse needs. Students will be able to choose from five academic tracks and select a variety of academic internship, community service, and guided research programs.

IIE has documented the outcomes of their Generation Study Abroad Think Tank in a green paper designed to inspire and provoke discussion about the topic of study abroad. Among its many findings is that study abroad is no longer a luxury, but rather one of the most important components of a 21st-century education, as globalization brings with it the demand for a U.S. workforce that possesses knowledge of other countries and cultures and is competent in languages other than English. The ability to work across cultures is no longer a nice-to-have skill set of elite executives, they conclude. Rather, it is essential to a successful and satisfying life and career. Studies show students who study abroad have better grades, experience less attrition, and graduate from college at higher rates than students who do not study abroad.

“The barrier to integrating study abroad into the curriculum affects how well a student is prepared for and can readily adapt to both the cross-cultural experience and a new and challenging academic system,” said Institute of International Education President and Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman, Ph.D. “CIEE’s grants address all three of the primary challenges that prevent students from studying abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture.”

 In addition to providing scholarships to students, other commitments by CIEE to Generation Study Abroad include sponsoring passports for 10,000 students to enable greater participation. CIEE will also make an annual $20,000 grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches for custom study abroad programs.

For more information:

About CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

Founded in 1947, CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving more than 300 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and more than 35,000 international exchange students each year. CIEE operates 61 study centers in 43 countries, sponsors international faculty training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and custom programs for secondary, post-secondary, and international students. Visit

 About Institute of International Education

Institute of International Education (IIE) is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad. Visit

 About Generation Study Abroad

Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase participation by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing study abroad programs.



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Study Abroad Leaders Break Barriers at 2014 CIEE Conference in Baltimore as CIEE Pledges More Access and Choice

CIEE hosted more than 500 study abroad professionals and administrators from institutions of higher education at its 2014 Annual Conference, November 19-22, in Baltimore.

 “Breaking Barriers: Cost, Curriculum, Culture” was chosen as this year’s conference theme to highlight the fact that only 10 percent of U.S. students study abroad. With an aim toward attracting more students to this enriching experience, conference participants took part in interactive sessions, presentations, and networking events to generate new ways to make study abroad more affordable, integrate international perspectives into curriculum, and communicate the benefits of international education.


James P. Pellow, ED.D - CIEE President & CEO

CIEE’s pledge to support the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad™ high-profile initiative was the highlight of the conference. IIE has challenged those involved in the field of study abroad to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad to 600,000 by 2020. To make it financially easier for students to do so, CIEE has committed to awarding $20 million in scholarships and grants to American students by the end of the decade. Further, CIEE will fund passports for 10,000 students and give an annual $20,000 faculty grant to support innovative approaches to study abroad.

To address curricular barriers, the study abroad leader also pledged to add more International Faculty Development Seminars and expand its Faculty-Led and Custom Programs. To break cultural barriers, CIEE will launch a media campaign to encourage study abroad by sharing students’ success stories, expand its work with minority-serving institutions to 100 schools by 2020, and give 25 full scholarships to students with disabilities in 2015, in partnership with Mobility International USA.


Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D.

In his opening speech, CIEE President and Chief Executive Officer James P. Pellow, Ed.D., noted that last year, the number of international students coming to the United States increased 8 percent to 886,000, including 274,000 Chinese. But the number of U.S. students studying abroad increased just 2 percent to 289,000.

 “There are three times as many international students coming to the United States as we are sending abroad,” noted Pellow. “And the gap is growing. Next year, the number of Chinese studying in the United States is expected to surpass the number of all U.S. students studying abroad.”


Michelle Norris, NPR, leader of The Race Card Project

Presentations included addresses by Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D., president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), who spoke the importance of bold ideas and experimentation as he shared success stories from UMBC; Allan Goodman, president and CEO of IIE, who shared the latest data on study abroad participation and how we can improve them; and Michele Norris, National Public Radio host and special correspondent and leader of The Race Card Project, who shared provocative thoughts on how we approach race and diversity in America that tie into cultural barriers to study abroad.

The conference also featured the concluding session of the Diversity Abroad Future Leaders Summit. CIEE and Diversity Abroad co-hosted these events to share best practices and develop ideas to increase diversity in study abroad. During the last of three sessions held this year, 20 young leaders of change in international education explored new ways to balance study abroad cost and value, examine program systems and structures to minimize costs, and give students and parents the tools to make study abroad attainable.


Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE

 “Studying abroad is one of the most important steps young people can take to ensure success in school and beyond,” said CIEE Chief Academic Officer for Study Abroad David F. Fougere. “Yet, many students are unable or choose not to pursue an international education experience. It’s critical that we change this, and at this year’s conference, we took huge strides toward making study abroad a reality for many more students.”

 The 2015 CIEE Annual Conference – The Reinvention of Study Abroad: Setting the Course for 2020 – will be held November 4-7 in Berlin.





CIEE: The Council on International Educational Exchange today 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.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise. Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders. 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 Institute of International Education President and Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman.

Data shows that fewer than 300,000 U.S. students per year study abroad, which means that less than 10 percent of all U.S. college students experience international education before they graduate. The Generation Study Abroad initiative was launched earlier in 2014 and challenges institutions of higher education, governments, and associations to support study abroad and to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of this decade.

“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 in Baltimore.  With its theme, “Breaking Barriers: Cost, Curriculum, Culture,” this year’s conference is dedicated to gathering industry leaders and professionals to explore and generate new strategies that will help more students of all backgrounds benefit from study abroad.

“CIEE is ideally positioned to help Generation Study Abroad achieve its critical goal. We began more than 65 years ago with a mission to help faculty and students to gain an understanding, acquire knowledge and develop the skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world,” said David F. Fougere, chief operating officer, CIEE Study Abroad. “The ability to move comfortably among cultures makes a difference between college graduates landing a job and finding a path to lifelong career satisfaction.  The Generation Study Abroad initiative takes on real and perceived beliefs surrounding cost, curriculum, and culture that are keeping students from studying abroad.”


CIEE Announces Intensive Language Scholarship to Promote Full-Year Study Abroad

CIEE, the world’s leading nonprofit international educational and exchange program organization, has initiated a scholarship program to encourage full-year intensive language study by today’s top U.S. college and university students. CIEE’s Language Intensive Focus Track Scholarship (LIFT) will provide $100,000 annually to encourage students to study one of five languages—Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, or Russian—for a year in another country.

CIEE President and CEO James P. Pellow, Ed.D., explains, “The LIFT scholarship program reflects CIEE’s long-standing commitment to intensive foreign language acquisition, particularly in the strategic languages that are so important for today’s students seeking to prepare for 21st century global challenges. Our goal is to enable more students to study language for a full academic year, an important element in deep language acquisition and an option that is becoming more difficult for students to access each year.”

LIFT scholarships will be initially offered to current CIEE students pursuing intensive language development in Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Russian, and will expand to all CIEE language programs beginning in fall 2013. Scholarship awards will be a minimum of $5,000 and will be awarded to exemplary students based on undergraduate GPA and the strength of a personal essay.

CIEE Chief Academic Officer Neal Sobania, Ph.D., indicates that LIFT is part of CIEE’s broader commitment to enhancing language acquisition and intercultural skills. “Extended language study, traditionally seen as a cornerstone of international education, should continue to play a critical role in certain students’ preparation for living and working in an increasingly globalized and interdependent world. Advanced language skills allow students to better embrace local culture and make them more marketable for jobs following graduation.” 

In addition to initiating the LIFT program, Dr. Sobania has launched a pilot program that leverages the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) pre- and post-testing methods to test language pedagogy at CIEE Study Centers in China, Japan, and Russia. Results of the pilot will be used to enhance language instruction at all CIEE Study Centers around the world.


CIEE Scholarships Increase Study Abroad Diversity by 65 Percent

September 25, 2012

CIEE’s Global Access Initiative (GAIN) has awarded a record number of scholarships to 524 college and university students to study around the world. With nearly $700,000 out of the pledged $1 million awarded to date, CIEE’s GAIN scholarship program represents the largest amount of scholarship funds available solely for the purpose of expanding access to study abroad for underrepresented students.

In just one year, the GAIN scholarship program has increased CIEE’s annual scholarship giving to more than $3 million total to help make studying abroad a possibility for students of diverse backgrounds and academic majors. Through GAIN:

  • Ethnic diversity increased 65 percent in CIEE’s 2012 summer program and 25 percent in the 2012 fall semester.
  • More than 200 additional nontraditional students attended a CIEE study abroad program in the last six months.
  • GAIN helped increase participation among men, an underrepresented group in study abroad programs, bucking a national trend that has held steady for the past 50 years.

As the world leader in international education exchange, CIEE is committed to making study abroad available to all students. The GAIN scholarship program is one way CIEE is keeping this commitment as all funds go to students facing some of the most common barriers to international study, such as high costs, economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and underrepresented fields of study like science, technology, engineering, and math. CIEE’s goal: that every student—regardless of economic means or academic major—has the opportunity to enhance his or her education through time spent living, studying, and exploring in another country.


According to CIEE Director of Enrollment Management Elizabeth Lauze, “GAIN scholarships and grants play an important role in helping to create access for students who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to study abroad. We’re pleased to be able to help these students attend high-quality international programs that will develop their intercultural skills and better prepare them for leading and contributing in today’s world.”


To date, students from 160 colleges and universities across the country have been awarded scholarships to CIEE study centers participating in programs ranging from Business, Language, and Culture in Shanghai, China, to Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Recipients are chosen based on a submitted essay about the barriers he or she needs to overcome in order to study abroad, how he or she plans to encourage students facing similar challenges to study abroad, and why studying abroad is important to students from all walks of life.


A non-profit, non-governmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international exchange. For 65 years CIEE has helped thousands of students, professionals, and educators gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally independent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.