Passport Caravan Aims to Increase Number of Education Abroad Students

Monday, September 19, 2016

The UNCW Office of International Programs teamed up with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to provide 100 free passports to UNCW students during the Passport Caravan Sept. 21 in the Long Leaf Pine Room of Fisher University Union.

The event was organized to encourage greater participation in UNCW’s education abroad program. Students who registered for available slots applied for their passports, and OIP provided information on options to study internationally.

“This event, planned in conjunction with CIEE and our campus partners – the Upperman African American Cultural Center, Centro Hispano and the early college program of University College – will help encourage greater and more diverse participation in education abroad opportunities,” said Kara Pike Inman, director of education abroad.

Obtaining a passport usually costs $135, including the processing fee.

Founded in 1947, CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest education abroad and intercultural exchange organization. The event is part of CIEE’s support for Generation Study Abroad, an initiative to double the number of U.S. students who study internationally addressing three major barriers: cost, curriculum and culture.

-- Tricia Vance