Here’s a pretty clear signal that people at the highest levels of the U.S. government believe that study abroad really is important: According to The PIE News, the State Department is opening a study abroad office devoted to getting more U.S. students to study abroad, with an emphasis on increasing diversity among those students.
Add to this Generation Study Abroad, a State Department supported initiative led by the Institute of International Education (IIE) that aims to double the number of Americans who study abroad by the end of this decade, and we have a whole lot of support for the idea that study abroad is not a luxury, but an essential component of a well-rounded education. And programs like the Gilman Scholarship (sponsored by the State Department) can provide the financial support to make study abroad possible for exactly those students who think it’s not for them.
Of course, not everyone can study abroad, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t gain international experience. With opportunities to engage with the international community right here on Shoreline’s campus like the Conversation Partner Program, as well as chances to collaborate with students around the world online (yes, we are working on that), all students can learn about other cultures, improve intercultural communication skills, and maybe pick up a foreign language.
To learn more about your study abroad, scholarship, and other international opportunities here at Shoreline, use the contact form below.