Generation Study Abroad

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STA Travel Joins IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative as Official Travel Provider

STA Travel to contribute to the IIE Generation Study Abroad Fund and offer travel benefits to partner institutions

NEW YORK, March 5, 2015—The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce STA Travel as the official travel provider of the Generation Study Abroad initiative. IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative is a five-year campaign to mobilize resources and commitment partners with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.

STA Travel will make a contribution to the IIE Study Abroad Fund for each trip booked through STA by students from Generation Study Abroad commitment partner institutions. In addition to contributing funding for scholarships to the IIE Study Abroad Fund, other commitments by STA Travel include providing sponsorship support and promotion of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, as well as added travel benefits for commitment partner institutions in order to make travel and study abroad more affordable for students.

STA Travel has more than 35 years of experience as the student and youth travel expert, enabling students and young adults to explore the world by creating experiences filled with adventure, discovery and personal growth. IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and STA Travel have a shared mission in enabling and inspiring U.S. students to pursue educational experiences overseas.

Currently, fewer than 10% of college students in the United States study abroad before they graduate. IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative urges partners to work not only on increasing the numbers but also on changing the perception of study abroad so that all students enter college with the expectation of having an international experience before they graduate.

“Study abroad is no longer a luxury, but rather one of the most important components of a 21st-century education. Globalization brings with it the demand for a U.S. workforce with knowledge of other countries and cultures. STA Travel will play an important role in supporting the Generation Study Abroad Initiative,” said Institute of International Education President and Chief Executive Officer, Allan E. Goodman.

“We’re thrilled to be the official travel provider of the Generation Study Abroad initiative. STA Travel has supported the international education community in the U.S. for many years and we’re excited to see the increased activity and promotion around study abroad. We look forward to working closely with the many commitment partners to support the overall goals of Generation Study Abroad,” said STA Travel Senior Vice President for North America, Adam Cooper.

To learn more about how STA Travel can support your program, send an email to solutions@statravel.com.


About Generation Study Abroad

Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase participation by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing study abroad programs.

About STA Travel

STA Travel has more than 35 years of experience as the youth travel expert enabling students and young adults to explore the world by creating experiences filled with adventure, discovery and personal growth. STA Travel offer a unique range of products with exclusive discounts on airfare, accommodations, tours, rail passes and more and are globally present in 60 countries with 200 retail locations, sending more than 6 million travellers away each year.

About the Institute of International Education (IIE)

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. 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. 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.

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