SOURCE: CollegeWeekLive

CollegeWeekLive

November 17, 2014 09:05 ET

CollegeWeekLive, Institute of International Education, and the U.S. Department of State Launch First Virtual Study Abroad Fair

Online Event Will Offer Students Information and Advice for Selecting a Study Abroad Program

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - November 17, 2014) - CollegeWeekLive, the leading website where students and colleges meet live online, and the Institute of International Education (IIE), one of the world's largest and most experienced international education organizations, and the U.S. Department of State, will conduct a Virtual Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday February 25, 2015. This online event will encourage more college and high school students to experience the life-changing benefits of studying abroad.

"We are excited to offer students another reason to rely on CollegeWeekLive to connect with colleges and universities around the world," said CollegeWeekLive President and CEO Robert Rosenbloom. "This is a natural extension to our existing programs that help students throughout the college admissions process. Now students can use the same familiar experience to select a study abroad program that meets their individual needs, all from the convenience of any computer or mobile device."

The Virtual Study Abroad Fair supports IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative, which seeks to double the number of American students who participate in study abroad opportunities, including academic programs, internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences.

Students and their families are invited to:

  • Watch live video presentations about study abroad topics, such as choosing a program, learning how to finance studying abroad, applying for scholarships, preparing for study abroad, and the value of study abroad for a future career. Sessions focused on study abroad opportunities in specific countries or regions will also be featured
  • Hear from educational organizations about study abroad, internships abroad, and service learning opportunities
  • Chat live with study abroad representatives from colleges and universities around the world

"More American students, from more diverse backgrounds must share in the benefits of study abroad. All of us -- government, academia, business, and non-profit sectors -- must support study abroad to prepare the next generation to successfully compete in today's global economy and solve tomorrow's challenges," said Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan.

"International experience is one of the most important components of a 21st-century education, and studying abroad must be viewed as an essential experience when students are earning their degree," said IIE President Allan E. Goodman.

Visit Generation Study Abroad to learn how your organization can participate in the Virtual Study Abroad Fair. Students or parents can register to attend by visiting CollegeWeekLive.com.

ABOUT COLLEGEWEEKLIVE

CollegeWeekLive is the leading channel where students and colleges meet online. More than 1,500,000 students from 192 countries rely on CollegeWeekLive to help navigate college admissions. This live channel provides unprecedented access to expert presentations and enables students to have unscripted conversations with college students and admissions counselors from hundreds of colleges and universities.

Students turn to CollegeWeekLive to gain insights from current students, admission representatives, and leading experts, whether they are narrowing their choice of schools or making post-admission decisions. Through live text and video chats, students, parents, and counselors can engage directly with universities at every stage of the enrollment process.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

IIE 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.

ABOUT GENERATION STUDY ABROAD

Building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, IIE launched Generation Study Abroad because the number and proportion of today's students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported figure will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade. IIE will lead the Generation Study Abroad coalition in creating an ongoing dialogue about the need for students 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, and fundraising to mobilize additional financial resources. Visit the Generation Study Abroad website for details on how to Join the Campaign.

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