Rita Bailey is assistant provost at the university in Normal. She told The Pantagraph in Bloomington that graduates increasingly need to be able to work with a global workforce. She said spending time outside the United States will help those students.
Now about 400 Illinois State students head outside the country each year. About 9 percent of each graduating class at Illinois State now has experience studying outside the United States.
The university’s Office of International Studies and Programs says a semester abroad can cost anywhere from $7,500 to $21,000. The average in-state student spends about $13,200 a semester on the Normal campus.