Building Capacity for Study Abroad

Building Capacity for Study Abroad

Study abroad is a transformative experience that gives participants the skills and knowledge they need to solve global challenges. However, some U.S. colleges and universities are unable to offer diverse study abroad experiences to their students, and some foreign institutions would like to host U.S. students but do not have the capacity to do so.  

To help address these two scenarios, the U.S. Study Abroad Branch awards grants that build the capacity of U.S. institutions to send students abroad, and help foreign institutions better attract and host U.S. students. These projects directly support the U.S. Study Abroad Branch’s mission of increasing participation and diversity in study abroad among U.S. students. 

2017 Winners of the Capacity Building Grants for Higher Education Institutions

Domestic Capacity Building Initiatives

Our Domestic Capacity Building Initiative aims to expand access to students underrepresented in study abroad on their respective campus or campuses, including first-generation college/university students, students of diverse race or ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students in underrepresented disciplines in study abroad. These grants are awarded to U.S. higher education institutions to help ensure they are able to:

  • Provide students with opportunities to gain global knowledge and skills through a study abroad opportunity;
  • Increase the overall number and diversity of student participation in study abroad;
  • Establish and maintain strong international partnerships; and
  • Diversify the fields of study and the destinations where students are studying and/or interning for academic credit.

Overseas Capacity Building Initiatives

Our Overseas Capacity Building Initiative awards grants to U.S. embassies and Fulbright Commissions for creative projects that strategically engage or support Americans studying abroad. Proposed projects need to be directly related to increasing and/or diversifying U.S. study abroad opportunities in the host country by:

  • Strengthening relationships between U.S. higher education institutions and American Chambers of Commerce, or local businesses, for the development and promotion of internship opportunities for U.S. students overseas;
  • Increasing engagement with Americans studying/interning/teaching abroad;
  • Building institutional capacity with local colleges and universities to enable them to host more Americans studying/interning/teaching abroad; and
  • Advocating for U.S. study abroad in the host country, and integrating U.S. study abroad into mission goals and objectives.