ATHENS, Ga.—The Office of Global Engagement, as a division of the University of Georgia, has been selected to receive a grant as part of the U.S. Department of State’s 2019 Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad. The University of Georgia, along with 20 other colleges and universities, was selected from over 120 applications to create, expand, and diversify American student mobility overseas in support of foreign policy goals. The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad is a program of the U.S. State Department with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning.
UGA will use the capacity building grant to develop curricula for rising college Freshmen who are statistically less likely to study abroad. “Despite data showing that study abroad improves academic outcomes, minority, low income, and first-generation college students have historically lower rates of study abroad participation,” said Brian Watkins, OGE Director of International Initiatives and Principle Investigator on the grant. “By reinforcing the value of cross-cultural education early in the college experience and providing information about resources and affordability, the grant will help UGA to strengthen study abroad diversity and improve outcomes.”
The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad aspires to widen the scope of accredited U.S. colleges and universities by enabling them to establish, develop and variegate study abroad programs for U.S. students. Additionally, the program will offer opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators to participate in a series of study abroad capacity building activities.
For a full list of grant recipients and more information regarding the program, please visit the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad website at www.studyabroadcapacitybuilding.org.
About the Office of Global Engagement:
The Office of Global Engagement supports the University of Georgia's academic, research and outreach missions and strategic directions through the promotion of global learning experiences for students, the sponsorship and support of international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and the development of international research and instructional partnerships and collaborations. For more information, visit http://globalengagement.uga.edu.