Baker University has signed on as a commitment partner of Generation Study Abroad (GSA), an initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to increase the number of U.S. students studying abroad. The organization’s overall  goal is to secure 600,000 students studying abroad in credit and noncredit programs by the end of the decade.

“Partnering with Generation Study Abroad makes a lot of sense,” said Director of Study Abroad Robyn Long. “Historically, Baker students have been interested in expanding their educations by immersing themselves in different cultures.”

Long added that GSA will provide the support needed for Baker University’s study abroad goals: to increase participation, to be nimble in identifying programs and locations that are of interest to students, and to diversify participation in the programs.

This new partnership enhances Baker University’s study abroad offerings by providing full-semester trips and travel classes designed around experiential learning during Baker’s January interterm. More than 500 Baker students have studied at Harlaxton College in England, which was ranked the No. 1 study abroad destination in 2015 by Best College Reviews. Harlaxton is the British campus of the University of Evansville. Baker students have also studied in Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Hungary, France, Spain, Costa Rica, Turkey, and other western European countries.

“This new partnership also aligns with our goal of making global study opportunities more readily available to Baker students through new summer travel interterms,” added Long. “We want to empower students to learn and explore year-round rather than just during the traditional academic year.”