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“On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the National Security Council hosted a summit with 100 of the most influential travel bloggers and digital media outlets at The White House. The summit highlighted current U.S. Government initiatives and new strategies for encouraging American students to study, volunteer, and work abroad.”

Along with longstanding programs like the Fulbright scholarships, the Department of State has been working to create more opportunities for more students to go abroad. A new initiative this past year was 100,000 Strong in the Americas, to increase international study in and out of Latin America and the Caribbean. And the Department of State has worked to diversify students who go abroad with initiatives like Disabilities and Exchange, to advocate for disability inclusion in exchange programs.

At AIFS, we got involved by joining IIE’s (Institute for International Education) #GenerationStudyAbroad initiative, to double the number of students who go abroad in the coming years by offering scholarships for our semester and summer programs. Read more about AIFS Generation Study Abroad Scholarships here.

How can you get involved? Volunteer at your study abroad office, work with the international students on your campus, be a peer mentor, host an exchange student, and advocate and lobby for increased study abroad opportunities and funding. Read more about how you can get involved on the IIE website. And join the conversation with us! Tell us #StudyAbroadBecause… @aifsabroad

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