IDEAS Awards Grants to 26 U.S. Colleges and Universities to Build Study Abroad Capacity

May 17, 2021

USA Study Abroad, within the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and World Learning are pleased to announce the 26 U.S. colleges and universities awarded 2021 IDEAS grants (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students grants) under the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad. With the support of the IDEAS grants, these institutions will develop and expand study abroad programs around the world that are aligned with U.S. foreign policy goals.

Panels of U.S. higher education representatives recommended these institutions for funding from a pool of 132 eligible proposals. The winning institutions come from 20 states and represent the full diversity of the American higher education system, including five community colleges and nine minority serving institutions. These U.S. colleges and universities will receive funding and programmatic support to help build and strengthen their capacity to send more – and more diverse -- American students overseas to destinations across all world regions. Funded projects will support such activities as creating resources to engage diverse student groups in study abroad, training faculty and staff in program development and implementation, and creating virtual exchanges. Once international travel resumes in full, these IDEAS grant recipients will be better equipped to deliver impactful and inclusive study abroad programs around the globe. 

IDEAS grants increase the capacity of accredited U.S. colleges and universities to create, expand, and diversify study abroad programs for U.S. students.  In addition to the IDEAS grant competition, the program also offers opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators at U.S. colleges and universities to participate in a series of free virtual and in-person study abroad capacity building activities. For more information, including details on a free IDEAS webinar series on maximizing study abroad resources during and after the global pandemic, please visit

Congratulations to the following 26 colleges and universities on their 2021 IDEAS grants.

  • Albright College, Pennsylvania
  • Boise State University, Idaho
  • Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts
  • Centralia College, Washington
  • College of Staten Island, New York
  • Drake University, Iowa
  • East Carolina University, North Carolina
  • Fayetteville State University, North Carolina
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville, Florida
  • Goshen College, Indiana
  • Green River College, Washington
  • Juniata College, Pennsylvania
  • Loyola University New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New Jersey City University, New Jersey
  • North Central College, Illinois
  • Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia
  • Prairie View A&M University, Texas
  • Rutgers University – Newark, New Jersey
  • Salem State University, Massachusetts
  • Savannah State University, Georgia
  • The Ohio State University, Ohio
  • University of Arizona, Arizona
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • University of Utah, Utah
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Western Kentucky University, Kentucky

We also recognize the 16 outstanding alternates under the IDEAS grant competition. Though we are not able to fund their proposals at this time due to budgetary limitations, they submitted strong proposals worth recognizing.

  • Arkansas Tech University, Arkansas
  • Clemson University, South Carolina
  • Davidson-Davie Community College, North Carolina
  • Grand Valley State University, Michigan
  • Kean University, New Jersey
  • Marymount University, Virginia
  • New Jersey City University, New Jersey
  • Riverside Community College District, California
  • The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas
  • Indiana University, Indiana
  • University of California Santa Cruz, California
  • University of Connecticut, Connecticut
  • University of Memphis, Tennessee
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Virginia
  • Widener University, Pennsylvania