Fayetteville State University (FSU) is among 26 colleges and universities selected to receive Increase and Diversity Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) grants. The grant is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USA Study Abroad branch, and its implementing partner, World Learning. With the grant, FSU will develop and expand study abroad programs around the world that are aligned with U.S. foreign policy goals.
The winning institutions represent public and private institutions from 20 states, including five community colleges and nine 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 that fully reflect our country’s diversity. 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 exchanges. Once international travel resumes in full, these IDEAS grant recipients will be better equipped to deliver impactful and inclusive study abroad programs around the globe.
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 visit www.studyabroadcapacitybuilding.org.