Dear Panther Family,
This is such an exciting time for many of our students who are getting a global – and invaluable – perspective of the world by studying abroad.
To that end, I was delighted to learn that Georgia State sends more African American students to study abroad than any public university in the nation, according to data provided by Open Doors. Georgia State also ranked 11th among public institutions in sending the most racial and ethnic minority students to study abroad.
There are 235 GSU students studying abroad (Maymester and Summer) traveling in 21 countries. Their immersive-learning programs are providing invaluable life lessons in areas such as public health (Brazil), global issues and economics (Romania) and biodiversity and sustainability (Costa Rica).
But the top honor from Open Doors is more than just a brag point. It reflects Georgia State’s role as a national model of inclusive excellence.
This commitment to global learning dovetails with two goals of our forthcoming strategic plan: Student Success and College to Career. By providing these amazing opportunities for our students – many of whom are supported by scholarships from the International Education Fee and who utilize the Study Abroad Programs’ Free Passport Initiative – Georgia State is ensuring that our students achieve success on campus and around the world. And, through these programs, Georgia State is providing the critical financial support our students need to do so.
I believe these experiences not only provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for learning outside the classroom but also prepare our students to thrive in a global – and increasingly diverse – workforce. I applaud the innovative efforts by the Office of International Initiatives (OII) for making it possible for a wide range of students to discover the world in hopes that they are better prepared to thrive in it long after they graduate.
All the best,