In an attempt to improve foreign relations by increasing study abroad opportunities, the leading international education organization has worked with the most trusted source of study abroad information to create, the only website dedicated to information on study abroad scholarships, fellowships and grants.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has expanded the library of popular IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories to include this site with the hope of giving more students the opportunity to study abroad. While numerous scholarship sites exist, is the only one that focuses on studying abroad and offers scholarships, fellowships and grants supporting undergraduate studies as well as graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral research.

“It is our mission to further the cause of international education,” says Mark Shay, president of IIEPassport. “We believe that the number of students who travel abroad relates directly to the images our citizens have of other countries, and the image those countries have of us.”

He goes on to say, “Studying abroad is a positive life-changing event that leads to maturity and better career opportunities. We want to help as many people as possible experience the growth that comes from taking this journey.”

Many students want to travel abroad, but are not aware of the options available to them. This comprehensive resource is designed to give them the extra incentive needed to pursue unexplored opportunities.

Sharon Witherell, Director of Public Affairs for IIE, expects to fill a much-needed gap in existing resources. “This site will have the most current and up-to-date study abroad scholarship information available anywhere,” she says. IIE believes that the site will put studying abroad in reach of people who never dreamed it could be possible.

Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. Its expertise enables institutions and individuals to build capacity in their home countries and regions. IIE designs and implements over 200 programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. IIE also conducts policy research and provides advice and counseling on international educational opportunities abroad. The Institute of International Education has a network of 19 offices worldwide, over 850 college and university members, and more than 5,000 volunteers.

IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories

IIEPassport maintains an online directory of study abroad programs ( and two printed directories (IIEPassport: Academic Year Abroad and IIEPassport: Short-Term Study Abroad) in addition to its website. Both sets of directories are managed through a strategic partnership between the Institute of International Education and Educational Directories Unlimited, which is the leading provider of online higher education directories with websites such as and


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