Eleven U.S. Institutions of Higher Education Awarded Capacity Building Grants to Expand and Diversify Participation in Study Abroad

For Immediate Release

Los Angeles, CA. May 30, 2017 – The U.S. Department of State and Partners of the Americas are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Capacity Building Grants for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad.  Each winning institution will be awarded up to $42,000 to increase and diversify participation in study abroad on their campuses.

Capacity Building Grants ensure that U.S. institutions are able to: 1) provide students with opportunities to gain global knowledge and skills through a study abroad opportunity; 2) increase the overall number and diversity of student participation in study abroad; 3) establish and maintain strong international partnerships; and 4) diversify the fields of study and the destinations where students are studying and/or interning for academic credit.

“Our nation’s young people must have the global skills and knowledge needed to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce, whether in diplomacy, business, science, or the arts. Sending American students abroad is a strategic imperative for the United States and prepares our next generation of leaders to contribute to our national security and economic prosperity.” – Anthony Koliha, Director of the Office of Global Educational Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

"Students with study abroad experience are more likely to succeed in their personal and professional development. For this reason, Partners of the Americas is proud to administer the Capacity Building Grant program to support higher education institutions to create or expand international opportunities." – Melissa Golladay, Interim President of Partners of the Americas

This is the second round of support from the U.S. Department of State to a diverse range of colleges and universities across the country. Over the last two years, 30 institutions from 26 states have been awarded grants to increase and diversify U.S. study abroad to 31 different destination countries. To read more about the program and its past winners, visit the USA Study Abroad website. To read a full description of the projects below, visit our blog.



The 2017 U.S. Capacity Building Grants were awarded to:

Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business – River Forest, Illinois

Glenville State College – Glenville, West Virginia

James Madison University – Harrisonburg, Virginia

Montclair State University – Montclair, New Jersey

Morehouse College – Atlanta, Georgia

North Carolina State University – Raleigh, North Carolina

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Santa Fe College – Gainesville, Florida

University of California, Davis – Davis, California

University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Lincoln, Nebraska

Winston-Salem State University – Winston-Salem, North Carolina


The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the United States and people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen the national security of the United States. The State Department is committed to supporting the next generation of diverse American leaders to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a globalizing world.  Learn more at studyabroad.state.gov or via Twitter @ECAatState and with #StudyAbroadBecause.


The mission of Partners of the Americas is to connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. These partnerships create opportunity, foster understanding, and solve real-life problems. Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, D.C. Learn more at www.partners.net or via Twitter @partnersamerica.

Press Contacts:

ECA Press Office  |  ECA-Press@state.gov  |  (202) 632 6452

Taylor Nelson  |  tnelson@partners.net  |  (202) 637 6206