Wednesday 29 Mar, 2017

How will you meet your Generation Study Abroad pledge?

As a Generation Study Abroad partner, we know that international education is one of the most important components of the student experience today—yet less than 10% of U.S. students who graduate with associates or baccalaureate degrees choose to study abroad[1].

Together, we can improve the statistics—and help you meet your campus initiative. When you partner with EF College Study Tours, your students and faculty have the flexibility, feasibility, and long-term benefits of short-term study abroad.

On Student Success

International study is increasingly becoming one of the most important factors of higher education, with research highlighting the impact of multiculturalism on the growth of creativity and cognitive ability[2]. Short-term international study has also been proven to play a vital role in helping students develop a global mindset and deeper sense of empathy[3]. And with one in five jobs linked to international trade today[4], more U.S. students are studying abroad as a means of developing the skills necessary to succeed in the modern workforce.

Of course, there’s no better way to see the effect studying abroad has on students than by traveling with them. But we also wanted to quantify the impact of our programs. To that end, EF College Study Tours surveyed a representative sample of students from across the country who traveled with us between June 2015 and April 2016, asking them to share the impact study abroad had on them after returning home.

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On Faculty Impact

Short-term study abroad programs give college faculty the opportunity to bring their curricula to destinations all over the world—with plenty of opportunities for professional development. Recent reports have also found that students learn more deeply while studying abroad[6] as professors opt to enhance their coursework through the unique lens of an international setting. This, coupled with transformative learning moments during group travel, leaves a lasting impact on classroom learning once groups return home.

On Feasibility

Our programs provide students who may not be able to afford the time or money to participate in long-term programs with an introduction to the world of international education. And with countless programs to choose from, students have the option to explore all kinds of subject matter—from STEM to Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and more—out in the world.

We’d love to help you learn more about how you can partner with us to bring the impact of short-term study abroad to your campus. And if you’d like to get in touch directly, our team is just a phone call or email away. Contact Kristina Orsini-Platzer, Director of University Partnerships, at or 617-619-1194, or Caitlyn Walker, Director of University Partnerships, at or 617-619-1602. Together, we can show more students the world.




For over 50 years, EF has worked with educators across the world to help millions of students become citizens of the world through one global mission: Opening the World Through Education. With more than 500 schools and offices in over 50 countries, our staff can respond in person wherever you are, 24-hours a day.

Our faculty-led study abroad programs are collaboratively designed to put your institution first. When you partner with us, your students experience immersive coursework abroad in a way that complements your curriculum and campus schedule.


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[1] “About the Initiative.” Generation Study Abroad | About. IIE, 2016. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

[2] Lee, Christine S., David J. Therriaulti, and Tracy Linderholm. “On the Cognitive Benefits of Cultural Experience: Exploring the Relationship between Studying Abroad and Creative Thinking.” Wiley Online Library. Applied Cognitive Psychology, Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 20. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

[3] Bowen, David E., Exploring the Role of “Global Mindset” in Leading Change in International Contexts – May 27, 2009. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

[4] “Press Release.” IIE Urges People to Inspire Students to #GoStudyAbroad. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

[5] EF College Study Tours.“EF College Study Tours Cultural Competency Survey”. Survey. Jun 2015 – Apr 2016.

[6] Ingraham, Edward C., and Debra L. Peterson. “Assessing the Impact of Study Abroad on Student Learning at Michigan State University.” Michigan State University. Ingraham & Peterson, 2009. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.