The Office of International Programs provides support services for UAPB faculty and students including assisting in compliance with immigration regulations; facilitating study, travel and internships abroad, promoting university linkage relationships and providing activities that enhance global awareness and an appreciation for diversity.
In February 2014, UAPB pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. UAPB has committed to increasing the number of undergraduate students who study abroad by 75 over the next five years.
IIE’s Generation Study Abroad will engage educators and stakeholders to increase the number of U.S. students who can gain international experience through study abroad programs, internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences. IIE has committed $2 million to this initiative over the next five years, leading up to its centennial celebration in 2019.
UAPB hopes to reach its target number in less than five years and then seeks to double study abroad participation from 75 to 150. Strategies for reaching the target number of 75 study abroad students include streamlining procedures to access federal financial aid for study abroad, aggressively pursuing grant opportunities to defray the cost of study abroad participation, building on the university’s STEM record to develop specific experiences abroad in this academic area and reaching out to faculty and staff through workshops and information sessions to increase their participation in global learning initiatives.