More Than 150 Colleges Pledge to Increase Study-Abroad Efforts

The Institute of International Education on Monday announced an effort to double the number of students who study abroad by 2020. More than 150 colleges have pledged to take steps toward that goal, including establishing scholarships for travel overseas or diversifying the types of students going abroad. The institute says it wants to recruit at least 500 colleges to make similar commitments. According to the institute, in 2011-12, the most recent year for which data are available, less than 10 percent of undergraduates—295,000 students—studied overseas. The institute’s project joins other efforts to send more American students to China and Latin America.

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