Georgia State University was honored with a prestigious national award for its efforts to “infuse international, cross-cultural and global dimensions” into student life and the curriculum.
The university took home st Paul Simon Campus Internationalization Award named after the late Senator from IllinoisFebruary 14.
It was granted NAFSA: Association of International Educatorsa national group that aims to promote international education.
“Through this honor, the global engagement brings together student success, commitment to student teaching and excellence in research as an area where Georgia State is a national model. The Simon Prize is a tribute to all those people at the university who believe in the importance of accessible global experiences,” said Wolfgang Schler, Georgia State Vice Provost International initiatives in the news liberation.
The nod follows other international education innovations in the state of Georgia, some of which have already garnered national attention.
In April last year, GSU won Heiskell Award for the Free Passport Programdesigned to help students who have never traveled abroad before take the first step toward studying abroad.
This was one factor in Georgia State’s ability to send more black students abroad than any other public university in the country. The other is the scholarship fund, which for almost 20 years was replenished at the expense of mandatory payment of international education. Students can apply for a scholarship from the foundation of up to $1,000, and applications submitted there are automatically considered for additional support from the Georgia State University Foundation. In 2018-2019, more than $1 million in International Education Fee scholarships were awarded to 935 students.
In addition, more than 1,300 students participated in a virtual exchange program in the fall of 2022, and last year Georgia State hosted and supported more than 4,000 international students from 150 countries (including Perimeter College’s two-year campuses).
GSU was one of four schools in the U.S. in 2023 to receive a 2023 Simon Award.
Learn more about GSU’s initiatives to improve access to international education, especially during the pandemic, in this sponsored article:
How Georgia expanded international reach during the global shutdown