The Institute of International Education (IIE) selected RIT to receive an IIE American Passport Project grant. The grant will enable 25 RIT students to obtain a U.S. passport and support their study abroad journeys. In this inaugural year of the initiative, IIE will aid 1,000 U.S. students to procure their U.S. passports and explore international programs.
The IIE American Passport Project grant promotes diversity, inclusion, access, and equity in study abroad and encourages students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education. From the nearly 200 applications IIE received for the grant funding, RIT was one of 40 institutions selected. The funding will support RIT’s diverse student population and those who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad by covering the full cost of a passport for 25 first-year, Pell-eligible RIT students in fall 2021.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a world leader in helping people and organizations leverage the power of international education to thrive in today’s interconnected world. Through the IIE American Passport Project, IIE plans to have enabled 10,000 students to have passports by the end of this decade.