State Department Grant to Boost Nebraska Wesleyan Study Abroad Programs | Education

Nebraska Wesleyan University will receive a grant from the US Department of State to provide more opportunities for its students to study abroad.

Northeastern Lincoln Liberal Arts University was one of 44 colleges and universities in the United States and the only one in Nebraska to be part of the Increasing and Diversifying Education Abroad program for American students (IDEAS) for 2022.

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The NWU plans to use the grant to expand study abroad destinations beyond the “Global North” – generally defined as North America, Europe and Australia – to other countries. , and make global experiences more accessible, the university said in a press release.

This could mean a study trip abroad, a virtual exchange program, or local interactions with an international person or prospect.

Sarah Barr, director of global engagement for NWU, said the grant would increase capacity for in-person and virtual engagement programs.

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“Our goal is for students to develop the cross-cultural skills and abilities needed to serve in a diverse, multicultural global society,” Barr said. “We are excited to see the connections NWU faculty and students will make through the IDEAS grant.”

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs said it doubled the number of grants this year as it seeks to rebuild study abroad experiences after the coronavirus pandemic.

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