COUNTRIES: United States
DURATION: 09/13/2018 - 08/31/2020
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Program Description

The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad seeks to increase the ability of U.S. higher education institutions (HEIs) to grow and diversify study abroad programs for U.S. students through a grant competition.

The program will also offer U.S. colleges and universities opportunities to participate in a series of study abroad capacity building activities, both virtual and in-person, to help create, expand, or diversify their study abroad programs.

For the grant competition, approximately 21 U.S. HEIs will be selected to receive grants of up to $35,000 each. The grants will support initiatives that help U.S. community colleges and universities design more inclusive and dynamic study abroad programs.

Program Goals

  • Increase the number of U.S. undergraduate students studying or interning abroad for credit.
  • Diversify American student mobility, both in terms of the students taking part and the destinations where they travel.
  • Gain access to study abroad best practices through an in-person community and virtual library of resources.

Who can apply for this program?

The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad is open to U.S. higher education institutions (two-year, four-year, public, private). Minority-serving institutions are encouraged to apply.

Please find more information about the program and application, including criteria and dates, on our website:


For more information, contact:

Amy Fisher Bruey, project director and university relations manager

The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning.