Two local colleges plan to ramp up the number of students they send abroad every year.
Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and North Dakota State University in Fargo are among 150 colleges and universities that have partnered with the Institute of International Education to double U.S. student participation in study abroad programs.
Only about 10 percent of U.S. college students now study abroad during their academic career. Through the “Generation Study Abroad” initiative launched Monday, the group aims to increase participation in learning abroad programs from 295,000 students nationwide to 600,000 within five years.
As part of that movement, each college partner sets its own goal. Concordia is pushing to send 75 percent of its undergraduate student body to study in another country in the next five years, up from 43 percent at the end of the 2011-12 school year.