CIEE's Generation Study Abroad Pledge













Fewer Than 300,000 U.S. Students Study Abroad Each Year

Stickmen in line

More of the world's jobs require language skills, intercultural knowledge, and international experience than ever. And most U.S. college graduates aren’t prepared.
CIEE can help, by equipping twice as many U.S. students with relevant study-abroad experience by 2020.

Fewer than 10% of all U.S. undergraduates study abroad during college.

Data from Open Doors ®


Breaking Barriers

Helping more U.S. undergrads study abroad hinges on tackling the ‘three Cs’ – the major obstacles that keep students at their home campuses:

Cost Curriculum Culture
Make studying abroad more affordable to attract more students. Integrate study abroad into all disciplines of education. Nurture acceptance, approachability, value, and adventure in the study-abroad landscape.













600,000 U.S. STUDENTS BY 2020

Stickmen in line

Once we address the three Cs, twice as many U.S. college graduates will be among the most valuable job candidates entering the marketplace.

  • The CIEE Pledge

    The Institute of International Education has issued a challenge: Double the number of U.S. students studying abroad to 600,000 by 2020. CIEE has accepted this challenge with a bold commitment.


  • $20,000 CIEE Access Grant

    We are now accepting proposals for the 2021 faculty-led $20,000 CIEE Access Grant.

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