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U.S. School of Record

The accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. that issues an official transcript for academic work completed on a study abroad program. Depending on individual institutional policy the absence of a U.S. school of record may impede transfer of credit from abroad to a student’s home institution.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the center of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as an urgent call to action by all countries. The 17 SDGs are a set of priorities and aspirations to guide all countries in tackling the world’s most pressing challenges. The SDGs are integrated and indivisible, balancing the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. (Adapted from the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are defined in a list of 169 SDG Targets. Progress towards these Targets is agreed to be tracked by 232 unique Indicators. See the SDG Tracker for more information.

Underrepresented Destinations

(or Less Traditional Destinations or Nontraditional Destinations) – Destinations that host only small numbers of U.S. study abroad students. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as lack of student interest, lack of home university support, safety or security issues, language barriers, or lack of host country infrastructure.

Underrepresented Disciplines

Areas of academic specialization that are less represented among students studying abroad than among the general U.S. student population or the home campus student population.

Underrepresented Groups

Categories of students who study abroad in fewer numbers than they represent in a larger population, such as the U.S., their home state, or their home institution. Under-representation may be based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, discipline of study, or any combination of these factors.