Concordia has joined a national campaign to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade.
For its part in the International Education Coalition’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, the college has committed to increasing the percentage of its undergraduate students who study abroad from 43 percent to 75 percent. This is a goal from its strategic plan.
Generation Study Abroad will increase the number of U.S. students who gain international experiences through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service-learning and noncredit educational experiences.
Concordia is among the lead partners who have committed to specific, measurable 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.
“Our participation in Generation Study Abroad is part of a larger institutional commitment to making experiential, discovery-centered learning fundamental for all Concordia students,” says Dr. Per Anderson, Concordia's associate dean for Global Learning, “because the world needs experts and leaders who can address complex problems in a borderless, diverse and interdependent world.”
Concordia offers both short- and long-term study abroad options for students – from 10-day exploration seminars to semester and even yearlong abroad programs. Students also participate in research abroad as well as summer field studies.
More than 150 higher education institutions from 41 states have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and several foreign governments have also pledged to support the goals of the initiative. Recognizing the importance of an internationally focused workforce, IIE is also actively seeking the participation of corporations and the business community.
“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.”