Troy University is working to provide more students with the opportunity to study abroad.
The university has joined the Institute for International Education’s “Generation Study Abroad” initiative. IIE administrators want to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by 2019.
About 2 percent of Troy’s U.S. born students participate in study abroad programs. University officials hope to have 9 percent of Troy’s U.S. students in study abroad programs by the end of the decade.
The university has established a Chancellor’s Award for Global Competitiveness that will provide $750 in scholarships to qualifying Troy students participating in study abroad programs. Troy’s partnership with IIE could yield greater awards for study abroad students in the future.
Troy has a sizeable contingent of foreign students on campus. About 13 percent of the student body – 900 students - on the Troy campus are from other nations. Troy’s international students represent 70 nations. The university also has an overseas presence in several campuses around the world, educating about 1,000 students there.
According to Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, in the 2012-2013 academic year, more than 283,000 U.S. students participated in study abroad programs, a record high. International students studying in the U.S. numbered 819,644, also a record high.
Study abroad for American students has tripled in the past 20 years. The total number of U.S. students studying abroad remains under 10 percent of all U.S. college students, however.