Focus on Wheelock Study Abroad
March 05, 2014
Wheelock College 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 by aiming to send 15 percent of the student body, about 300 students, abroad by 2019.
Wheelock College's Center for International Programs and Partnerships coordinates all of Wheelock College's global endeavors. This includes the delivery of a range of culturally-responsive, state-of-the-art educational programs abroad in collaboration with local education and health ministries, universities and other educational institutions as well as the Presidential International Service Learning and International Visiting Scholar Programs and study abroad offerings.
"Deep, rich and connected international experiences are transformative for students," said Linda Davis, Dean of International Programs and Partnerships. "Wheelock College believes strongly that these opportunities are critical to the education of future leaders who will go on to inspire a world of good both locally and across the globe."
IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative aims to increase the number and proportion of today's students who graduate with an educational experience abroad. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career. 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.
Wheelock College 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. More than 150 higher education institutions from 41 U.S. states have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment, including large state and private universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and several foreign governments, as well as key higher education associations and study abroad provider organizations, have also pledged to support the goals of the initiative.
For more information on IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative, and a complete list of commitment partners, visit the Generation Study Abroad website.