Educating global citizens

Educating Global Citizens

IIE is at the forefront of increasing the number and diversity of Americans studying overseas, encouraging study in places of growing strategic importance to the United States, and helping U.S. students gain skills to succeed in a global economy and interconnected world.

A few of the programs that IIE manages in this area are highlighted below.

David L. Boren Scholarships and FellowshipsDavid L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Having citizens who are more proficient in the world’s languages and cultures is critical to U.S. interests. With funding from the National Security Education Program, in 2009 IIE awarded 130 Boren Scholarships to undergraduate students and 100 Boren Fellowships to graduate students. They studied strategically important languages while adding international components to their educations in 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Visit the Boren Awards for International Study site

Gilman Scholarships Increase Diversity of U.S. Students Studying Abroad

Preparing for an increasingly global economy and interdependent world, the Institute has made it a priority to expand opportunities for diverse American students and undergraduates in financial need to study abroad. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by IIE, has made a dramatic impact in this area by awarding more than 6,400 scholarships since its inception in 2001. IIE proactively recruits applicants from groups of students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. These include ethnic minority students, STEM field majors (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), students with disabilities, and those at community colleges.

Visit the Gilman Scholarship program site

English for Heritage Language Speakers

EHLS, funded by the National Security Education Program and administered by the Center for Applied Linguistics, is an intensive English language program for professionals whose home language is Arabic, Chinese, Pashto, Dari, Farsi, Urdu, Hausa, Igbo, Somali or Swahili. In 2009, 28 EHLS Scholars completed the program at Georgetown University.



The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship, initiated in 2002 as the National Flagship Language Program, seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of fluency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.

Visit The Language Flagship site

    Program Spotlight
    • Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program

      Provides awards for U.S. undergrads who are receiving Federal Pell Grants to study abroad.

    • Boren Awards

      Supports graduate and undergraduate students studying languages, cultures and world areas critical to U.S. interests.

    • The Language Flagship Fellowship

      Opportunities for U.S. students to achieve a superior level of fluency in languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.


    Jonah Kokodyniak
    Deputy Vice President, Strategic Development
    Institute of International Education
    809 United Nations Plaza
    New York, NY 10017 USA
    Fax: +1 212.984.5401