Oglethorpe University Joins Institute of International Education Coalition to Double Number of Students Who Study Abroad by End of Decade
Oglethorpe pledges to increase student study abroad participation by 40%
Oglethorpe launches GO:Rome study abroad center in summer 2014
January 2014: Oglethorpe University has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The initiative also focuses on increasing the diversity of the students who study abroad, ensuring quality, and removing barriers to participation. As part of this pledge, Oglethorpe University has committed to increase its number of students who study abroad by 40% over the next five years.
“Oglethorpe is dedicated to cultivating well-rounded, global citizens,” said President Lawrence M. Schall. “We’re committed to growing the number of students who have the chance to learn through real-world situations and problem solving. We’ve witnessed the impact study abroad can have on students’ growth and perspective.”
Oglethorpe recently implemented several other initiatives and partnerships in support of global education for its students, as well as for students from other colleges and universities around the world:
- This summer, Oglethorpe launches GO: Rome, a new study abroad center in Rome, Italy. Part of the new Global Oglethorpe (“GO”) program, GO: Rome’s inaugural semester will welcome approximately 42 students from 10 schools, including Oglethorpe, University of Alabama, Clemson University, Louisiana State University, and University of Texas. Students will be taught by Oglethorpe faculty and earn credit from the university.
- Oglethorpe’s Atlanta Laboratory for Learning (A_LAB), founded in fall 2013, helps students to “map their four-year journey,” in a holistic approach to applying classroom theory to real world practice through study abroad, civic engagement, professional development, and undergraduate research.
- In 2012, Oglethorpe became the academic partner of study abroad provider LeadAbroad. As such, Oglethorpe approves all faculty, curricula, and credits for approximately 170 students from more than 50 colleges and universities around the country who participate in summer study abroad programs in Ecuador, Greece, and South Africa.
In addition, Oglethorpe has a long history of facilitating semester-long and year-long study abroad opportunities through partnership or non-partnership schools, as well as faculty-led and short-term study abroad trips and international internships. Currently, approximately 10% of the Oglethorpe’s student population of 1,050 study abroad.
Visit IIE’s website for more information about Generation Study Abroad initiative, and a complete list of commitment partners.