Campaign hopes to increase number of U.S. students that study abroad

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Used with Creative Commons License via Thompson Rivers on Flickr.

The Institute of International Education started a campaign  to raise awareness and increase the number of students from the United States that study abroad each year.

The campaign, Generation Study Abroad, has set a goal of sending 600,000 students abroad each year.

Some universities participating in the campaign have made curriculum changes. Millikin University in Decatur will invite departments to make additional minors that can be earned abroad, some partially, others entirely.

Generation Study Abroad will aim toward low-income students and those who have not yet studied abroad. The institute said studying abroad is beneficial for future careers.

In the past, only 10 percent of students in the United States studied abroad before graduation. Generation Study abroad aims to increase that number within the next five years.

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