On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the Office of Global Engagement hosted a summit with 100 of the most influential travel bloggers and digital media outlets at The White House. The summit highlighted current U.S. Government initiatives and new strategies for encouraging American students to study, volunteer, and work abroad.
At the summit, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the creation of a U.S. Study Abroad Office. This office currently manages the Department’s study abroad scholarships and capacity building programs for American students and institutions, as well as play a leading role in promoting the benefits of study abroad to U.S. students and parents, faculty, and education administrators.
The first #WHTravelBlogger summit sparked a dynamic conversation that went well beyond the White House walls and created over 4 million impressions worldwide on social media. Having generated so much interest, the community of bloggers grew into a deeply engaged network of changemakers who continue to build new partnerships and ensure that more young people have the opportunity to reach beyond our borders.
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2014 White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad & Global Citizenship
WHY STUDY ABROAD?
In 2014, the Office of Global Engagement at the White House hosted the first Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad & Global Citizenship in an effort to inform & empower the leading influencers in the industry to amplify symbiotic efforts to promote study abroad on behalf of the United States Government.
Today, the USA Study Abroad Office at State Department provides extensive resources that can help interested U.S. students navigate a complex process to study or intern abroad by offering scholarships, recommendations, and guidelines.
Did you know that one in three current world leaders have been on an exchange program in the United States?
Studying abroad is a critical component to deepening and broadening relationships with citizens overseas. Today, fewer than 10% of U.S. students take part in study abroad.
Today’s global economy demands students have more than just a degree when they graduate from college, but also the cultural and language skills to be effective.
Consistently at the forefront of trends in the industry, travel bloggers and digital media outlets innovate ways to communicate experiences with Millennials about international exploration. The summit aimed to take their work one step further. By transforming interest in travel into study, volunteer, and work opportunities, we seek to significantly increase the number and diversity of young people participating in educational, cultural, and professional experiences internationally.