Federal International Education Strategy could be major boon to study abroad experiences: Barbarič

April 10, 2019

The announcement of major federal funding for outbound student mobility (OSM) and study abroad “opens the door to finally giving our students the global opportunities they need,” writes Diane Barbarič. The author notes that in its most recent budget, the Canadian government pledged $148M over five years to its new International Education Strategy, starting in 2019-2020, with the funds set to be split between education promotion and outbound student mobility. Barbarič cites research demonstrating the value of OSM, notably in improved academic and employment outcomes for students from underrepresented groups. The author concludes that using a pilot project to increase outbound student mobility is an excellent way for Canada to introduce more students to the opportunities of study abroad. University Affairs (National)