SP4.7: Strengthening Existing Opportunities for Students to Study Abroad
Binghamton University remains committed to expanding access to study abroad in order to enhance students' intercultural awareness and competencies for leadership. The Office of International Programs (OIP) aims to improve administrative efficiency and service and identify additional study-abroad opportunities. A key component to improving efficiency and service is implementation of an enrollment management software program. At the same time, OIP has hired a new study-abroad coordinator to increase advising and program-management capacity. The new coordinator and OIP hope to continue to build on the increased interest of students in study-abroad opportunities, as evidenced by record attendance at our Study Abroad Fair and increased participation in summer and winter intersession international programs.
Goals advanced under this project:
- Enhance the University’s social impact on the Global community
- Enhance the University’s cultural impact on the Global Community
Indicators of Success for these goals are:
- To increase the number of international projects by 10% over the next 5 years
- Increase the number of graduates who are living internationally by 5% every year for the next 5 years
Milestones completed since last progress report:
- Implementation of the Terra Dotta Study Abroad Enrollment Management Software program. The software was successfully rolled out for the spring and summer 2015 application cycle. This greatly improved application processing and advising efficiencies.
- Launch of the Myers Family Scholarship, Funded by the Shamrock 5 Foundation. In collaboration with the Division of Advancement, a new study abroad scholarship fund has been made available. This fund will provide twenty $1,500 scholarship per year to students who are historically underrepresented in study abroad. Underrepresented students include but are not limited to students with financial need, first generation students, students with disabilities, members of minority communities within the United States, veterans, non-traditional students, and STEM majors. This will provide increased access for scholarship recipients to have the opportunity to participate in study abroad.
- A new study abroad strategic plan has been completed and is being set into process. The four main objectives of the plan include (1) program development (2) curriculum integration (3) expanded outreach and (4) increase in scholarship funding.
- Agreements are pending with two new international partners which will lead to dramatic expansion of Binghamton sponsored study abroad programming offered.
Last Updated: 9/12/14