The Hardly Home Initiative joins the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative

The Hardly Home Initiative (THHI) commits to sponsor 500 students with passports by the year 2020.

September 1st, 2017– The Hardly Home Initiative (THHI) has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans to gain international experience through study abroad programs. This is one of more than 740 commitments announced by IIE.

IIE’s Generation Study Abroad seeks to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling and diversifying the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.

Under the new partnership, THHI will take concrete, action-oriented steps to expand opportunities for study abroad. In addition to the 500 passports THHI plans to sponsor, the organization pledges to promote studying abroad as a career-enhancing experience and publish articles on why studying abroad is important. The pledge also includes promoting Generation Study Abroad through the HardlyHome.org website and THHI social media channels.

“Studying Abroad has proven to be an invaluable experience for students and tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives. We believe sponsoring students with passports to do so will not only benefit them, but also be a gift that continues to give as students go on to become global leaders and serve in the communities around them.” – Marcus King, THHI President

As of January 2017, Generation Study Abroad partners to date include over 400 colleges and universities of all sizes and types across the country and around the world, as well as 19 governments, 50 education associations, more than 100 international partners, and 100 study abroad, K-12, and social network organizations who have committed to specific goals to increase the number of U.S. students studying abroad. Commitments include actions to diversity the population of students who participate in study abroad and provide additional financial resources to make this possible.

IIE launched Generation Study Abroad in the belief that the number and proportion of today’s students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career, according to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange published by IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”

The Hardly Home Initiative

About The Hardly Home Initiative (THHI)

The Hardly Home Initiative (THHI) is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in Houston, TX. during the Summer of 2016 with an objective of making a difference through travel.  THHI’s mission is increase the number of underrepresented students participating in study abroad programs by equipping them with U.S. passports and additional tools and resources to help them succeed in our increasingly interconnected world.

It’s the organizations belief that travel is the best education!  Through travel students are able to gain a worldly perspective and experience cultures and history first-hand. The traveler learns to adapt, plan, budget and additional important life concepts. Since the organizations founding, THHI has provided resources for more than 50 students to receive their own U.S. Passport.  By the end of 2020 the goal is that more than 500 students will have benefited from THHI’s Passport Program and had the chance to experience the life-changing event that is travel.

Generation Study Abroad

About Generation Study Abroad

IIE’s Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase study abroad participation by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing programs. Generation Study Abroad will sustain an ongoing dialogue about the need for more students from all backgrounds and in all fields to gain international experience. This will include research to identify and break down barriers hindering students from studying abroad, communications to share strategies and best practices to increase study abroad, and fundraising to mobilize additional financial resources. IIE will also hold a Summit on Generation Study Abroad on October 1-3, 2017 in Washington, D.C. to engage stakeholders in higher education and all commitment partners

About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.