The Study Abroad-Away Office
The Study Abroad-Away Office is responsible for delivering international and intercultural study, research, and service abroad opportunities for students at Misericordia University. The programs are designed and developed so that students have the opportunity to explore, grow, and shape their experiences not only as Misericordia students but as citizens of the world, demonstrating the charisms of mercy, service, justice, and hospitality in the increasingly global environment in which they live.
Students and faculty interested in becoming involved in study, research, or service abroad are highly encouraged to do so through this series of well-planned opportunities. These programs vary in duration, but all provide important intercultural experiences that prepare students for future success.
Misericordia University is a proud partner of the Institute for International Educational Exchange's (IIE) Generation Study Abroad Initiative. Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative of IIE's to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. IIE is investing $2 million in the initiative and seeking funds to provide scholarships to college and high school students and grants to institutions. The initiative, which is timed to coincide with IIE's centennial in 2019, will highlight IIE's commitment to study abroad and encourage purposeful, innovative action to get more Americans to undertake a meaningful international experience through academic study abroad programs as well as internships, service learning, and non-credit educational experiences.
IIE notes that studying abroad is one of the best ways American college students can acquire international experience necessary to succeed in today's global marketplace. According to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange, 295,000 American college students studied abroad in 2011/12 in credit-bearing and non-credit programs. While that may sound like a lot, it in fact represents less than 10% of the 2.6 million students graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year. Generation Study AbroadTM seeks to address that shortfall by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities to tens of thousands of college students for whom traditional study abroad programs aren't working.
Study Abroad-Away Office Staff and Location
The office is located in McAuley Hall, Room ( and is directed by Michael Simons
Michael Simons may be contacted via phone or email.