Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA)
We launched our Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad to make studying abroad a learning experience accessible to all students, creating a student body that reflects the diversity of both the U.S. and our college student population. Though we know every student is unique and distinct in your own way, we define a diverse student as someone who identifies as a racial/ethnic minority, first-generation college student, student with financial need, LGBTQ+, and/or is a student who has demonstrated a history of overcoming adversity such as a physical, mental health, or learning disability.
Through this Initiative, we have developed and expanded our financial and informational resources, collaborated with new partners who join us in our dedication to diversifying education abroad, and increased the enrollment of diverse and underrepresented students in our study and intern abroad programs.
We have also built a legacy of partnership with Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs) spanning more than 50 years, which includes generations of graduates of these schools among our 120,000+ IES Abroad alumni.