Announcing The 2016 GoAbroad Innovation Award Finalists

GoAbroad Innovation Awards


As the leading resource for meaningful travel, GoAbroad is pleased to present annual awards for innovation in international education. The winners are selected by a prestigious and selective group of international educators known as the GoAbroad Innovations Academy. Award recipients are announced each year during GoAbroad’s reception at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference.

We are pleased to announce the 2016 GoAbroad Innovation Award Finalists!

For more information on each nomination, please visit the GoAbroad Innovation Awards Website.


Innovation in Alumni Engagement

  • Academic Programs International (API): Global Leadership Academy
  • InterExchange: Language Partner Program
  • IES Abroad: Alumni Weekends
  • Loyola University Chicago: How to Put Your Study Abroad Experience to Work
  • University of South Carolina: Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Global Learning


Innovation in Diversity

  • The Foundation for International Education (FIE): GreekConnect
  • Absolute Internship: Toutes a l’ecole Partnership
  • Athena Study Abroad: Access Study Abroad Initiative
  • CISabroad: LGBTQ Ally Training
  • Arizona State University: Study Abroad Planning Scholarship


Innovation in Marketing & Digital Media

  • Barcelona Study Abroad Experience: Barcelona Bucket List
  • Integrate Chinese Life: ICL Cup
  • University of Oregon: The Duck Across the Pond
  • Athena Study Abroad: #AthenaPhotoMadness
  • Academic Programs International (API): #ispyapi Campaign


Innovative New Program – Internship

  • Global Players : GPro Amsterdam
  • Temple University, Japan Campus: TOMODACHI Initiative
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito: Government Summer Internship Program
  • Cultural Vistas: Bangalore Fellowship
  • Linguistic Horizons: Sustainable Environmental Design Internship Peru


Innovative New Program – Study Abroad

  • Loyola University Chicago: Service Learning for Scholar Athletes
  • Penn State: Ireland: Culture and Disability
  • CEA Study Abroad & Washington State University: First Generation Abroad Program
  • The Education Abroad Network: The Australian Semester
  • AIFS Study Abroad: Cuba – January Term


Innovative New Program – Volunteer

  • Rustic Pathways: Intro to Public Health in the Caribbean
  • African Impact: The Girl Impact
  • Global Engagement Institute (GEI): Drama-Based Education in Rwanda
  • Conservation Travel Africa: Kariba Conservation Programme
  • IPSL: Advocacy Research Programs


Innovation in Philanthropy

  • Rustic Pathways Foundation: Development Ambassador Program
  • International Studies Abroad (ISA): Pay It Forward Program
  • International TEFL Academy: Charitable Contributions
  • Griffith University: Community Internship Program
  • Institute of International Education (IIE): Emergency Student Fund & Scholar Rescue Fund


Innovation in Sustainability

  • Pangea Educational Development: Awach Piggery Project
  • Kaya Responsible Travel: Medical Programs Ethical Best Practice Commitment
  • Greenpop Zambia: Festival of Action
  • Pachaysana Institute, IFSA Butler, Universidad San Francisco de Quito: Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally
  • Universidad Veritas: Urban Sustainability and Educational Commitment


Innovation in Technology

  • Pangea Educational Development: Project Hello World
  • CET Academic Programs: Custom Google Maps
  • GoCambio:
  • Unleesh: International Education App
  • CEA Study Abroad: Family Support Resources


The STA Travel Start the Adventure Award

  • Sergio Rodriguez Camarena, IES Abroad Alumnus
  • Bruce Jones, International TEFL Academy
  • David Wick, Santa Clara University
  • Jill Welch, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Brandon Lee, Terra Dotta


Student Video – Vote Now (& view videos)!

  • “Abroad Sweet Abroad” by Adrienne Picciotto, IES Abroad
  • “Wörter – Abenteuer in Deutschland” by Keenan Fong, Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), Cultural Vistas
  • “New Zealand” by Waylan Khuu, International Student Volunteers (ISV)
  • “Australia” by Justin Richards, University of Georgia
  • “A Day in the Life” by Kira Sideroff, University of Ottawa


People’s Choice – Vote Now!

  • Athena Study Abroad
  • Barcelona Study Abroad Experience
  • IES Abroad
  • American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
  • The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University


A big thank you to everyone who submitted nominations and good luck to all our finalists! For more information about the finalists, click here.

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