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Diversity Abroad announces $200,000 in scholarships to promote Diversity in Study Abroad to China

Monday, October 3, 2016  
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BERKELEY, CA - Diversity Abroad, in partnership with the University of Dayton's China Institute are proud to announce a new $200,000 scholarship opportunity aimed at closing the gap and encouraging diverse and underrepresented students to study abroad in China. Students can now apply for one of five $20,000 Diversity Abroad & China Institute Scholarships offered each semester towards an application to study at the China Institute through the University of Dayton.

In today’s increasingly interconnected world it’s important for students to have the experience and develop the skills to be competitive in the global marketplace. While immersive global learning experiences can give students such experience, many students from diverse backgrounds are locked out of these opportunities. Although racially and ethnically diverse students make up close to 45% of college students , the 2013-14 Opens Doors Report shows that they remain underrepresented in education abroad, making up only 25% of the roughly 300,000 American college students going overseas annually. A 2016 study by Diversity Abroad found students of color cited finances as their top barrier to studying abroad. To this end Diversity Abroad is excited to partner with the China Institute to close the gap on access to global learning opportunities.

Andrew Gordon, CEO and Founder of Diversity Abroad says “Our partnership with the University of Dayton's China Institute will pave the way for an exceptional group of deserving young people to develop personally, academically, and professionally through a global academic and immersive experience in China. It is imperative that young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds learn about China, its language and culture, and position themselves to take on the challenges and opportunities China's growing influence will present in the 21st Century.”

The scholarship is unique in that it incorporates a specialized Diversity Abroad pre-departure orientation that prepares diverse students for study  in China as well as mentors the students throughout the experience. Recipients will share their experience with others students and serve as mentors for future participants. Each recipient will also attend Diversity Abroad’s annual Global Student Leadership Summit.

Jason Reinoehl of the University of Dayton says “ At the China Institute, we're helping students become fluent in tomorrow and we're proud to partner with Diversity Abroad to offer a scholarship that will broaden access to our global, intercultural classroom. Our high tech classrooms, embedded experiential and field experiences and comprehensive student life programs make the China Institute the perfect education setting for expanding global and intercultural learning."

For more information visit: Diversity Abroad & China Institute Scholarship

Applications are due Friday, Oct. 14th.

About Diversity Abroad:

Diversity Abroad is the leading global education organization dedicated to increasing international mobility among students and young professionals. Diversity Abroad strives to equip the next generation of young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds with the skills and experiences to compete in the 21st century global marketplace by having equitable access to meaningful global education opportunities. Learn more at

About China Institute:

The University of Dayton China Institute has elevated the University of Dayton into the realm of global American universities. In the Marianist tradition, we've always graduated students who combine competence with character and community-building skills. Yet graduates also need a more international perspective to compete in today’s job market. We are providing the world with American, Chinese and international graduates who can excel in their professions and collaborate in the workplace — locally and globally. For additional information about China Institute, please visit