On this 25th anniversary, we’re proud to continue the work of expanding opportunities for people with disabilities by providing scholarships that will help to tear down barriers and offer examples to all students that study abroad is possible.
Portland, Maine (PRWEB) March 11, 2015
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange and Mobility International USA (MIUSA) are providing 25 scholarships to U.S. college students with disabilities to study abroad. Twenty students will receive scholarships to one of CIEE’s 65 four-week summer programs. Another five students will receive scholarships to the Open Campus program at CIEE’s new Global Institute – Berlin.
According to Open Doors Data, students with disabilities are one of the most underrepresented groups in study abroad. CIEE and MIUSA are actively trying to change this by increasing access to international education opportunities through the new CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarships.
“International education is a powerful tool in the development of all students, providing the necessary skills to succeed in a globally interconnected world,” said James Pellow, president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “On this 25th anniversary, we’re proud to continue the work of expanding opportunities for people with disabilities started by President George H.W. Bush and Congress in 1990 by providing scholarships that will help to tear down the barriers to international education and offer examples to all students that study abroad is possible.”
The new CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarships are part of the two organizations’ commitment to Generation Study Abroad™, a five-year initiative from the Institute of International Education (IIE), which strives to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by 2020. CIEE has pledged a series of concrete initiatives over the next five years to increase study abroad opportunities at the secondary and postsecondary education levels by breaking down the real and perceived barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture.
The deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 1. Interested U.S. college students should visit ciee.org/miusa-scholarships to learn more and complete the application form.
About CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
Founded in 1947, CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving more than 300 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and more than 35,000 international exchange students each year. CIEE operates 61 study centers in 43 countries, sponsoring international faculty training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and custom programs for secondary, postsecondary, and international students. Visit ciee.org.
About Mobility International USA
Founded in 1981, Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a disability-led nonprofit organization headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, USA working to advance the rights of people with disabilities globally. By implementing innovative programs, MIUSA is building bridges to create a new era where people with disabilities will take their rightful place in the world community. MIUSA is a cross-disability organization serving people with a broad range of disabilities. Visit miusa.org.