Advancing Your Profession through Study Abroad 

HCC faculty can find many opportunities to study abroad as a way to develop their curriculum, or simply to broaden their international/inter-cultural educational perspectives. Following are some leading organizations that provide study abroad opportunities.  

The Forum on Education Abroad 

The Institute for International Education 

The College Consortium for International Studies 

Mobility International USA 

The Forum on Education Abroad works exclusively to serve the field of education abroad.  Recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for education abroad, the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice are recognized as the definitive means by which the quality of education abroad programs may be judged.  The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad (QUIP) uses the Standards as part of a rigorous self-study and peer review quality assurance program that is available to all Forum institutional members. 

The Institute for International Education (IIE), founded in 1919, is a private nonprofit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. The IIE provides comprehensive information on participants in study abroad programs, and funding sources.  

    • IIE Open Doors is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.
    • IIE Passport for Study Abroad Funding is a directory featuring hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants and paid internships. 

The College Consortium for International Studies is a partnership of all types of colleges and universities that encompasses the spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs—notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators—which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community. 

Mobility International USA's mission is to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. MIUSA is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health, physical, systemic, vision and other disabilities.