ARAMFO Educational Foundation with the
Generation Study Abroad initiative
ARAMFO has joined with the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans to gain international experience through study abroad programs. This is one of more than 450 new commitments announced by IIE.
IIE’s Generation Study Abroad seeks to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. As the nation's language advocacy organizations, JNCL and NCLIS are firmly committed to the promotion of study abroad as a fundamental component of the development of the linguistic and cultural capital of the 21"' century.
Under this new partnership, the ARAMFO Educational Foundation for Multicultural Studies and Students' Understanding resolves to work for more international opportunities for students, improve individual lives with study abroad, and facilitate the furthering of individual and societal tolerance amongst a variety of cultures.
IIE launched Generation Study Abroad early this year in the belief that 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, according to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange published by IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 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.
About ARAMFO Educational Foundation
It is the mission of the ARAMFO Foundation to construct short-term faculty-led travel programs to enhance progressive intercultural opportunities and to globally facilitate multicultural education. We strive to build a stronger bridge of understanding between students from all nationalities for better multicultural comprehension and tolerance.
About Generation Study Abroad
IIE’s Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase study abroad 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 programs. Generation Study Abroad will sustain an ongoing dialogue about the need for more students from all backgrounds and in all fields to gain international experience. This will include research to identify and break down barriers hindering students from studying abroad, communications to share strategies and best practices to increase study abroad, and fundraising to mobilize additional financial resources. IIE will also hold a Summit on Generation Study Abroadon October 1-2, 2015 to engage stakeholders in higher education and all commitment partners.
About the Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education 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.