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EDUCATION ABROAD
By Janet Hulstrand

Increasing Diversity in Education Abroad
INCREASING ACCESS to study abroad opportunities to all student populations on campus

Oftentimes, on campuses where there has been a
concerted and sustained effort to increase the numbers
of students from traditionally underrepresented groups,
there has been a more dramatic rise in the numbers of
students who choose to study abroad.

Longtime Efforts
Improve Access to Study Abroad

SUNY Oswego
students
Amy Zakett and
Sholand Collins

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At San Francisco State University (SF State), comprehensive efforts to increase diversity over a number of years
have led to impressive results: underrepresented students
make up 64 percent of the study abroad population, well
above the national average of approximately 25 percent.
And a preliminary study in 2015 by Noah Kuchins, assistant director for study abroad, found
that 44 percent of their study abroad
population self-identifies as first-generation college students.
According to Marilyn Jackson, assistant director of the SF State Office
of International Programs, "Our study
abroad staff and student peer mentors
give hundreds of presentations each
year to thousands of students, on and
off campus, all with the message that
study abroad is affordable and accessible." On SF State programs students
pay regular SF State tuition, receive
resident credit, and can access all financial aid. In addition,
advisers integrate advice on financial planning throughout
the application process and actively promote scholarship
opportunities. They also approach their bilateral partnership searches with the goal of creating low-cost programs.
"Through these efforts study abroad is often less expensive
than studying in San Francisco," Jackson says. "This makes
it as accessible as possible to lower-income students."
Funding study abroad is certainly one important
concern for students from underrepresented groups.

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Fortunately, in recent years new sources of funding have
become available. One such source is the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA), launched in 2010, which provides
scholarships of up to $10,000 for students from traditionally underrepresented groups. "FEA gives big scholarships
to students representing the tiniest study abroad demographics in order to increase and diversify the population
of Americans earning college credit abroad," says Jennifer
Calvert, executive director, and adds, "The majority of
FEA scholars are some combination of first-generation,
minority, community-college, LGBTQ, or returning adult
students, and all of them demonstrate financial need."
But finances are not the only challenge. Jackson stresses that Kuchins' study showed that while it is important
to assuage fears about the cost of study abroad, it is also
important to talk to students about the value of study
abroad, and make sure that programs are academically
aligned so that they can continue to make progress toward their degrees and complete their studies in a timely
manner. "We also believe that seeing oneself as a study
abroad student is important, and that media can play a
role," she adds.
In 2007, with funding from a NAFSA cooperative
grant, SF State produced a documentary film, Breaking
Barriers, which features before and after interviews with
nontraditional students (people of color, ethnic minorities, older students, and students with dependents). The
film has received national attention: most importantly, it
has helped SF State advisers partner with their minority-serving programs to reach underserved students. The
film is shown at every education abroad information
meeting, to all parents at new student orientations, and
in all major presentations. And while all these things help,
Jackson says, "There is not one method, one magic bullet,
one 'build it and they will come' solution. It takes hard
work, combined with strong partnerships and countless
day-to-day interactions, to help increase diversity in education abroad."

SUNY OSWEGO

has been a goal for many education abroad offices nationwide. Efforts are paying off-in the last
decade, the number of students from diverse ethnic backgrounds has risen steadily.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2016

Toward a Better World
Tech Abroad
The University of Virginia Seeks to Emulate Its Founder
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2016 - Cover1
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International Educator - May/June 2016 - Frontlines
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International Educator - May/June 2016 - In Brief
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International Educator - May/June 2016 - View From Out Here
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International Educator - May/June 2016 - Forum
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