Hampton University has pledged to join the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative to assist in doubling the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The initiative focuses on increasing the diversity of the students who study abroad, ensuring quality, and removing barriers to participation.
IIE is launching Generation Study Abroad because the number and proportion of today’s students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career.
HU joined IIE for its noteworthy commitments, which includes new scholarships and financial assistance to help students pay for study abroad, and new initiatives to reach out to underserved groups and increase the diversity of the student population that goes abroad.
“HU is well on the way to its goal of 250 study abroad students per year, over the next three years,” said Ebony Majeed, director of HU International Office.
HU’s International Office plans to further increase diversity within the study abroad programs through a hybrid of marketing, international activities, funding, faculty-led programming, and alumni involvement and endowment.
Majeed said that funding sources will include federal, state-wide, and local outlets, as well as a new alumni endowment.
“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, president of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”
HU is proud to be a part of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative that aims to grow international participation in study abroad programs so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade.
“In the last year alone, the study abroad rate at HU has increased nearly 100%,” said Majeed. “In the past five years, nearly 200 HU students have traveled abroad to take courses, complete internships, and carry out service learning and volunteer opportunities.”
Recent destinations have included Singapore, China, Austria, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand, Morocco, France, Ghana, Costa Rica, England, Cyprus, among many others.