Forty-four U.S. Colleges and Universities Win IDEAS Grants to Build Study Abroad Capacity

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USA Study Abroad branch, and its implementing partner, World Learning, are pleased to announce that 44 U.S. colleges and universities have been awarded grants through our 2022 Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program grant competition. With the support of the IDEAS grants, these institutions will develop and expand study abroad programs around the world that are aligned with U.S. foreign policy goals and provide international experiences for U.S. students. This year, we are proud to have doubled the number of IDEAS grants and are committed to continuing our robust support for U.S. colleges and universities as they build and diversify their study abroad capacity.

The winning U.S. colleges and universities represent public and private institutions from 32 states and Puerto Rico, including 10 community colleges and 18 minority serving institutions. These U.S. colleges and universities will receive funding and programmatic support to help build and strengthen their capacity to send more American students overseas who fully reflect our country’s diversity and to help students engage with more diverse destinations abroad. Funded projects will support such activities as developing new international partnerships and programs, training faculty and staff in program development and implementation, creating resources to engage diverse student groups in study abroad and developing virtual and hybrid exchanges.

“The U.S. Department of State is committed to supporting U.S. colleges and universities as they continue to rebuild study abroad capacity impacted by the global pandemic. That is why ECA is proud to be awarding double the number of IDEAS grants this year so that we can support more institutions as they work to provide important international educational opportunities to their students. Our IDEAS grant recipients reflect the full diversity of the U.S. higher education system – including community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), rural institutions, and more – and we are committed to working with them to build study abroad programs that are accessible for Americans of all backgrounds and that provide more opportunities for American students to engage with people in more diverse destinations around the world,” said Heidi Manley, USA Study Abroad Chief, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

IDEAS grants increase the capacity of accredited U.S. colleges and universities to create, expand, and diversify study abroad programs for U.S. students. In addition to the IDEAS grant competition, the program also offers opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators at U.S. colleges and universities to participate in a series of free virtual and in-person study abroad capacity building activities. For more information, including details on a free IDEAS webinar series on maximizing study abroad resources during and after the global pandemic, please click here.

Congratulations to the following 44 colleges and universities on their 2022 IDEAS grants:

  • Albany State University, GA
  • Austin Community College District, TX
  • Bennett College, NC
  • California State University, Bakersfield, CA
  • Central College, IA
  • Central State University, OH
  • College of Southern Nevada, NV
  • Elizabeth City State University, NC
  • Fox Valley Technical College, WI
  • Heartland Community College, IL
  • Hollins University, VA
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • James Madison University, VA
  • Lindenwood University, MO
  • Lone Star College, TX
  • Marian University, IN
  • Mott Community College, MI
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University, NE
  • New College of Florida, FL
  • North Carolina State University, NC
  • North Dakota State University, ND
  • North Park University, IL
  • Northern Arizona University, AZ
  • Oklahoma City Community College, OK
  • Pacific University, OR
  • Riverside City College District, CA
  • St. Norbert College, WI
  • SUNY Erie Community College, NY
  • The College of New Jersey, NJ
  • University of California Education Abroad Program, CA
  • University of Colorado, CO
  • University of Hawai’i – Kapi’olani Community College, HI
  • University of Maine, ME
  • University of Memphis, TN
  • University of Minnesota, MN
  • University of Puerto Rico, PR
  • University of South Alabama, AL
  • University of Southern California Annenberg, CA
  • University of Texas, Arlington, TX
  • University of Washington, WA
  • University of Wyoming, WY
  • West Virginia University, WV
  • Widener University, PA
  • Xavier University of Louisiana, LA

Full descriptions of the grantees projects can be found in the Grantee Profiles section of this website.

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