NORMAL - Illinois State University is hoping to double the number of students who study abroad over the next five years.
Rita Bailey, the assistant provost at Illinois State University, says that graduates increasingly need to be able to work with a global workforce. She also says spending time outside the United States will help those students.
Currently, about 400 students study abroad each year, and about nine percent of each graduating class at the university has studying experience outside the United States.
According to Illinois State University's Office of International Studies and Programs, a semester abroad can cost anywhere from $7,500 to $21,000, while the average in-state student spends about $13,200 on the Normal campus.