The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad is designed to expand and diversify American student mobility in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. It is imperative that our next generation of leaders – American students of all backgrounds – engage internationally to foster mutual understanding and develop critical skills in support of U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. The program expands the institutional capacity of higher education institutions (HEIs) to increase and/or diversify U.S. student mobility abroad through a small grants competition and capacity building initiatives for the wider U.S. study abroad community.

21 higher education institutions in the United States have been selected to receive grants of up to $35,000 in 2019. The application for the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad 2019 grant competition has closed as of March 29, 2019. Application dates for 2020 will be announced on this website.

The program will also offer U.S. colleges and universities opportunities to participate in a series of study abroad capacity building activities, both virtual and in-person, to help create, expand, or diversify their study abroad programs.

The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad’s small grants competition and capacity building activities are open to all accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The program seeks to engage the full diversity of U.S. higher education, including community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions.

The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning.