Bergen Community College is now part of a nationwide movement to increase the number of students studying abroad, the school announced in a release Friday.
The “Generation Study Abroad” movement, organized by the Institute of International Education, is aimed at doubling the number of American students studying abroad by 2019. Bergen joined the movement by being one of about 160 schools to sign the group’s Study Abroad Pact.
According to the group, about 10% of the students who graduate with Bachelor’s degrees from US schools study abroad while there. It is now partnering with colleges across the country and working in initiatives to offer study abroad opportunities to students not partaking in them.
According to the release, Bergen – which sends about six students a semester abroad – is one of about a dozen community colleges to sign the pact, and one of only three schools in the state to sign it.
Rutgers and the Richard Stockton College of NJ have also signed it.