COUNTRIES: United States
DURATION: 09/13/2018 - 02/28/2025
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
CONTACT[email protected]

Program Description

The Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program, formerly known as the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad, is designed to increase and diversify American student mobility in support of U.S. foreign policy goals through a grant competition and workshops.

It is imperative that our next generation of leaders—American students of all backgrounds—engage internationally to foster mutual understanding and develop critical skills in support of U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. The program expands the institutional capacity of higher education institutions (HEIs) to increase and/or diversify U.S. student mobility abroad through a small grants competition and capacity building initiatives for the wider U.S. study abroad community

For the grant competition, approximately 24 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 IDEAS Program 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:

Rachel Rice, Program Manager
Megan Zacher, Program Officer
[email protected]

The IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) Program, formerly known as 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.