State Department announces launch of study abroad branch

The U.S. Department of State announced that it will launch a study abroad branch to increase diversity among study abroad participants, build partnerships with foreign governments, and promote opportunities in non-traditional destinations, The Pie News reports.

Evan Ryan, the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, noted the State Department’s desire to increase diversity in study abroad participation and efforts in building partnerships:

“The State Department is excited to launch a new U.S. study abroad office that will promote even greater participation in study abroad by U.S. students, who reflect the full diversity of American society.”

“The Department is eager to advocate alongside both U.S. and foreign higher education professionals, to ensure that our next generation of leaders obtains the knowledge and skills to work side by side with their peers from around the world.”

Housed within Global Educational Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the study abroad branch will operate the "Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship, the Critical Language Scholarship scheme, and the diversity scholarship program." In an effort to diversify destinations, this office will coordinate efforts with the 100,000 strong initiatives in the Americas and China, notes The Pie News