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Heartland looks to double students studying abroad

September 19, 2018

Heartland Community College has pledged to double the number of students who study abroad by 2020.

Heartland has joined the Generation Study Abroad program, an initiative to help more Americans gain international experience through study abroad programs.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) launched Generation Study Abroad in 2014 to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of increasing and diversifying the number of U.S. students studying abroad. According to recent studies published by the IEE, approximately 10 percent of U.S. students study abroad at some point during their academic career.

As a partner in the program, Heartland can access the IEE scholarship pool to assist students with more resources to engage in international study.

“Our goal as a college is to open up a world of opportunity for students,” said Heartland President Keith Cornille. “International study and global citizenship is one way students can expand their worldview, acquire new skills, and broaden their academic experiences. The Generation Study Abroad program has unique scholarships available that Heartland students will now be able to access.”

Heartland currently offers seven study abroad programs that vary in length from three month semesters to one month summer programs.

Generation Study Abroad partners with more than 450 colleges and universities of all sizes and types across the country and around the world, as well as over 100 international partners and social network organizations who have committed to specific goals to increase the number of U.S. students studying abroad.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”

For more information about Heartland’s study abroad programs visit

About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919. IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

Written by: Steve Fast