State Department’s IDEAS Program awards Polk State College grant to build study abroad capacity

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Polk State College has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program. Polk State is one of 37 U.S. colleges and universities that will use an IDEAS grant to establish, expand, and/or broaden American student mobility overseas in support of U.S. foreign policy goals.

“The U.S. Department of State is proud to support these U.S. colleges and universities as they build capacity for more American students to study abroad in diverse locations around the world. Increasing the number of U.S. students with international experiences is part of our investment in ensuring that our country’s future leaders have the skills they need in fields ranging from global health to technology and innovation,” said Heidi Manley, Chief of USA Study Abroad.

This year’s projects include activities such as developing new international partnerships, training faculty and staff, internationalizing curriculum, engaging students in study abroad, and creating virtual and hybrid exchanges.  IDEAS grants will support programming to 36 destinations, across all world regions, for example in Botswana, Croatia, Indonesia, Nepal, Tunisia, and Uruguay. A full list of 2024 IDEAS grantees, as well as information on upcoming IDEAS webinars and workshops, is available at

Since 2016, the IDEAS Program has awarded 216 grants to 205 institutions in 49 U.S. states and territories to establish, expand, and broaden their U.S. study abroad programs in over 95 countries across all world regions. In addition to the IDEAS grant competition, the program also offers opportunities for international educators at U.S. colleges and universities to participate in free virtual and in-person study abroad capacity-building activities.

Information about other study abroad resources and exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is available by contacting and visiting  IDEAS is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the United States Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning.