International experience is one of the most important components of a 21st century education. Globalization is changing the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and experience. Despite these factors, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point during their undergraduate years.
Early in 2014, the Institute of International Education launched Generation Study Abroad, a national campaign to double the number of students who study abroad by the end of the decade. As a commitment partner, Illinois Institute of Technology has pledged to increase its number of students studying abroad to at least 200 per year by 2019. As such, 25% of Illinois Tech undergraduates should expect to study abroad by the time they graduate.