LSU Receives IIE American Passport Project Grant

Proud to be an IIE American Passport Grant Institution

April 25, 2022 – LSU has been selected by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to receive an IIE American Passport Project grant that will enable up to 25 LSU A&M students to obtain a U.S. passport and support their study abroad journeys. In the second year of the program, IIE awarded 40 institutions for this opportunity, which will help 1,000 Pell-eligible, U.S. students obtain their U.S. passports and start their study abroad journey. 

It has long been part of IIE’s mission to increase participation and diversity in study abroad, so that all students can gain the academic and career benefits of international experience. The IIE American Passport Project grant is intended to promote diversity, inclusion, access, and equity in study abroad and to support the IIENetwork, IIE’s global membership network, in their efforts to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education. For students of limited means, studying abroad can require long-term planning and involve financial hurdles, like the cost of a passport, which could bar them from moving forward.

Through the IIE American Passport Project, IIE plans to have enabled 10,000 students to have passports by the end of this decade. Each year, IIE will help 1,000 college students obtain a U.S. passport by awarding funds to approximately 40 U.S. colleges and universities in the IIENetwork. Each institution will identify up to 25 of their first-year students, who are eligible for Pell grants.  
For the 40 institutions selected, the IIE American Passport Project provides one critical piece of the multi-faceted effort needed to reach students who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad: a passport. The selected institutions will provide the innovative programming, engagement efforts, advising, and support for those students they have identified with the goal of sending them on a study abroad program during their college experience.    

LSU’s grant winning proposal is a collaboration between International Programs, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Office of Retention and Student Success. This program will focus on admitted students into the Pre-Scholars Academy (PSA). In addition to providing PSA students with passports, Academic Programs Abroad will create a short-term global experience aligned with the goals and interests of the incoming cohort. International Programs is committed to reducing and removing barriers to global experiential learning for all LSU students.  

About IIE:  

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a world leader in helping people and organizations leverage the power of international education to thrive in today’s interconnected world. As a not-for-profit with 17 offices and affiliates worldwide, IIE manages 200+ programs with participants from 180+ countries. Each year, tens of thousands of people participate in IIE-managed programs. IIE collaborates with a range of corporate, government and foundation partners across the globe to design and manage scholarship, study abroad, workforce training, and leadership development programs.

The IIENetwork is the global membership network connecting more than 10,000 professionals from over 1,500 organizations to resources, including IIE’s extensive knowledge and decades of experience supporting student mobility and exchange, campus internationalization, and international partnerships.

About Louisiana State University A&M

As the Flagship institution of the state, the vision of Louisiana State University is to be a leading research-extensive university, challenging undergraduate and graduate students to achieve the highest levels of intellectual and personal development. Designated as a Land, Sea, and Space Grant institution, the mission of Louisiana State University is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts.

About International Programs 

The International Programs (IP) office at LSU is tasked with leading and supporting LSU’s global presence and increasing LSU’s international profile in teaching, research, and learning, that align with today’s global challenges. Complementing Louisiana's rich international history, IP is the port of global connectivity for LSU faculty, staff, and students. In addition to guiding the internationalization process for the university, four IP units (Office of Global Partnerships, International Services, Academic Programs Abroad, and the International Cultural Center) facilitate global learning experiences on campus and abroad. For more information, visit International Programs website.

About the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) is to provide leadership and accountability that fosters an inclusive educational experience and equitable workforce environment. ODEI’s goal of inclusive excellence is to merge D&I in university operations and processes which will continuously improve the experiences and outcome for underserved and marginalized students, faculty, and staff. ODEI’s priorities include student success, faculty recruitment and retention and education and scholarship focused on inclusive teaching, research and professional development. For more information, visit Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website.

About the Pre-Scholars Academy

The Pre-Scholars Academy (PSA) is a bold and innovative program that provides students the opportunity to expand their educational options and explore their academic passions. The selection process for the program identifies students who have not yet reached their full scholastic potential and helps them unlock any barriers to college success. Upon completion of this rigorous, three-week program, PSA scholars will have a better understanding of student leadership, course preparedness, and resources available at LSU. For more information, visit Pre-scholars Academy website.

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