CWRU Joins National Pledge to Double Number of Students Who Study Abroad
Case Western Reserve University is pleased to join the Institute for International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad Commitment initiative by pledging to more than double the number of CWRU undergraduate students who participate in study abroad experiences by 2019.
Currently, only about 10% of undergraduate students in the U.S. study abroad. Realizing this national commitment would result in over 600,000 American university students studying abroad by the end of the decade. IIE is looking for at least 500 American universities to join the initiative with CWRU and has presently secured more than 150 university participants -- eight in Ohio.
In the 2011/2012 academic year, 24% of CWRU’s undergraduate student population participated in a study abroad program. This is well above the national average; nonetheless, CWRU has pledged to increase this number to 50% and has outlined strategic efforts to reach this goal, including creating an endowment with a specific objective of awarding $100,000 in study abroad scholarships each year. In addition, the university is also reaching out more to individual departments, meeting with them to map out course plans that can show students how they can study abroad and still fulfill their major. Marketing efforts and collaboration with student groups have also been amplified. Molly Watkins, Executive Director for International Affairs, was interviewed by InsideHigherEducation and talks to the goals in more detail.
This commitment to more deeply incorporate study abroad into the culture of CWRU affects all levels of the university, from central administration to academic departments to individual students and alumni. Continuing to develop a culture of global citizenship is a priority for CWRU and departments and faculty members interested in developing this further are encouraged to contact Molly Watkins at the Center for International Affairs.