About Study Abroad Day
Bringing Awareness and Attention to the Lasting Impact of Study Abroad
International Study Abroad Day began with one goal in mind: To raise awareness for Study Abroad and for the lasting impact it has, not only for student travelers but for university and college campuses and the global community. We also didn’t see why all the fun had to end once International Education Week (IEW) was over in November.
The team behind International Study Abroad Day is made up of Education Abroad professionals from all across the country and the world. Each one of us is passionate about Study Abroad and also sees this day of celebration as a great way to connect our campuses and organizations, worldwide.
What is Study Abroad Day?
This event highlights and brings awareness to the benefits and impact of Study Abroad. Originally, we called it National Study Abroad Day but we changed the name to International Study Abroad Day to capture the impact Study Abroad has on the global community. Like our friends at Via TRM, we also believe global experiences will change our world. International Study Abroad Day is intended to build on International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.
When is Study Abroad Day?
International Study Abroad Day takes place annually on the last Monday in February. It’s up to your campus or organization to decide how you want to celebrate, but don’t worry. We have everything from 5-minute ideas to daylong events on our Celebrate page. We also have ideas for virtual events. Do you have ideas to add to ours? We’re all ears. Complete the form at the bottom of our Celebrate page.
Who’s Behind Study Abroad Day?
International Study Abroad Day was started by Erin Kunert, director of Student Success with Academic Programs International (API), and Jessica Mulvihill, director of Education Abroad and National Student Exchange at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As Education Abroad professionals, Erin and Jessica know how important it is for students to go out into the world and engage with other places, people, and cultures. While many campuses and organizations share what their global travelers have learned and gained, International Study Abroad Day celebrates the impact of Study Abroad on a larger, grander, more global scale. While those of us in the Education Abroad community show our love for Study Abroad every day, Erin and Jessica felt having one, unified day to celebrate was important—and fun! Their grand idea has expanded with the help of our wonderful partners.
Special Thank you to:
- Caroline Donovan White, NAFSA
- Lisa Chieffo, University of Delaware
Want to Join the Study Abroad Day Team?
If you want to help evolve International Study Abroad Day, please contact us.