Updated: 03/04/2014 8:30 AM
Created: 03/04/2014 8:29 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
As part of a national push to get more American students to travel abroad, the University of Minnesota has pledged to increase fundraising for scholarships for study abroad programs.
The Generation Study Abroad initiative aims to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. At the U of M, the goal is to have $1.5 million available in scholarship funds within the next few years.
The university is also pledging to have 50 percent of students graduate with international experience by 2019. Currently, 32 percent of graduates from the Twin Cities campus have studied abroad, according to the university.
More than 150 higher education institutions from 41 U.S. states have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment.
For more information on IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and a complete list of commitment partners, visit www.iie.org/generationstudyabroad. Visit the University’s Learning Abroad Center website at umabroad.umn.edu.