UCEAP Joins IIE Coalition to Double Number of Students Who Study Abroad by End of DecadeDATE: 4/23/2014
The University of California Education Abroad Program pledges with the Institute of International Education (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative to increase by 20 percent the number of University of California students studying abroad by 2020
Santa Barbara, CA (April 2014)—The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. In line with UCEAP’s vision of Study Abroad for All, Academic Excellence, and Best Business Practices, UCEAP is committed to increasing by 20% the number of University of California students who study abroad over the next five years.
UCEAP is focusing enrollment efforts on developing 5 new programs that are strategically designed to collectively deliver at least 200 new enrollments in AY 2015‑16. UCEAP is also committed to developing a new comprehensive alumni and development program that will raise funds for scholarships and program support. UCEAP currently offers dozens of scholarships—over $1.2 million for AY 2014–15—for students of all backgrounds and majors, and for all kinds of study abroad programs. Currently, 14 percent of UCEAP students receive study abroad scholarships, and some 70% of students apply their financial aid to study abroad.
“The University of California is excited to partner with IIE while continuing to provide innovative study abroad opportunities that equip students with the cross-cultural skills and knowledge essential for success in today’s global economy,” said Jean-Xavier Guinard, Executive Director and Associate Vice Provost of UCEAP. “Beyond providing excellent academic programs, we recognize the need to prepare the next generation for academic and professional work in an interdependent world. This is an effort that has positive impact beyond California’s borders, and it’s exciting to see the nation mobilized toward a shared mission.”
Leading up to IIE’s centennial celebration in 2019, Generation Study Abroad will engage educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to drive meaningful, innovative action to increase the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to gain international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences. The UC Education Abroad Program is among the lead partners who have committed to specific, measureable actions that will help reach this ambitious goal; the result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world.
Operating as the University of California’s systemwide study abroad program for the past 50 years, UCEAP has successfully sent some 91,000 UC students abroad. UCEAP contributes to an enhanced global outlook within UC’s teaching and research through a reciprocal exchange program, which has brought some 25,000 students from around the world to UC campuses.
Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade. With 2.6 million students graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year, it is clear that major segments of America’s young people are not getting the international experience they will need to advance their careers and participate in the global economy, or to work together across borders to address global issues.