Changing the Face of Study Abroad


Study abroad  by American students has doubled over the last decade,

BUT not by African-American, Hispanic and Native American students

(Institute of International Education)



For example, although African-American students comprise 14 % of postsecondary student enrollment, they make up only 3.4 % of study abroad participants.

Percentage of minorities in the study abroad population (from IIE):

  • All minorities: 17%
  • Hispanics: 5.6 %,
  • Asian Americans: 6.3 %,
  • Multiracial: 1 %
  • Native Americans: 0.4 %


The numbers are pretty abysmal and unfortunate, as we already know that study abroad experiences can improve academic performance, increase graduation rates and even help at-risk students achieve in academic settings.

The good news is that groups like Bardoli Global are working to increase study abroad participation. Anthony Jewett, executive director and CEO, hopes to change “the face of America abroad.”

Bardoli Global works to combat the five barriers to studying abroad—family, faculty, finances, fear and friends—by providing scholarships and preparing students for their time abroad. Upon returning, students work in teams to procure small grants (of $1,000 to $1,500) to develop social projects with a global dimension.


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One Response to Changing the Face of Study Abroad

  1. Karen says:

    This is interesting and very unfortunate. I am wondering if part of it has to do with the cost to study abroad and how it affects financial aid etc. I do agree that not only does this experience really help the kids academically, it is a great opportunity to broaden their global perspective.

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