In order to make study abroad a more attractive and viable option among American college-goers, university and business leaders must make the experience more relevant to the careers that students hope to pursue once they graduate.
Higher education institutions, study abroad organisations and other partners in the US have so far committed US$185m over the next five years to increase access to outbound study abroad through the Institute of International Education’s outbound initiative.
Dual degree programmes and short-term study abroad are two areas of potential collaboration for universities in the US and Iran, now that diplomatic relations are beginning to thaw, according to a white paper published by the US-based IIE.
A three-year, $2.7m pilot project has been launched by the The Institute of International Education and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to save the lives of artists who face persecution in their home countries.
More than 35,000 participants benefitted from over 200 programmes run by the Institute for International Education in 2014 – a number which is expected to rise in 2015 thanks to IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and a new US$2.79m fellowship programme to protect threatened artists.