An International Experience
Goal: Invest in the internationalization of programs and courses.
Update: IU Bloomington’s GenEd requirements changed in 2011 to include required language study, world culture courses, or international experiences.
To support students interested in study abroad experience, IU hosted a Passport Caravan, an event that since its inception at IU in 2016 has provided more than 500 free passports to first-generation, minority and low-income students.
For the first time, in 2016, Indiana University’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs partnered with the Council on International Educational Exchange to get free passports into the hands of IU students, giving away nearly 300 passports that year. The CIEE’s Passport Caravan initiative helps offer first-generation, minority and low-income students a chance to see the world. IU’s partnership with this initiative offered 280 free passports to IU students in 2018 and another 200 in February 2019.
Such efforts, which have included diversifying the programs and countries available and increasing scholarship support, have increased the number of minority students studying abroad to 19 percent of the total population of students enrolled in a study abroad program. With minority students making up 21 percent of the IU Bloomington student body, the discrepancy between minority students studying at IU and minority students studying abroad has decreased to a historic low.
Additionally, through the Arts & Humanities Council, IU created courses related to the spring semester global arts celebrations (China, India, and Mexico).