Celebrating 100 Years of UD Study Abroad
The University of Delaware looks forward to the centennial celebration of study abroad at UD and in the U.S. in 2023! While the official "birthday" of UD Abroad is July 7, we will be celebrating throughout the 2023-2024 academic year with our students, faculty, almuni and partners around the world.
We would love to hear from you about your interest and own history with study abroad at UD so that we can include you in planning a celebration that highlights the impact and significance of study abroad from many perspectives. The Office of the Provost has charged the Center for Global Programs and Services (CGPS) with forming a centennial celebration committee.
We invite you to use this form to share your ideas, your story, your photos and videos, and any suggestions for our committee. Please check this page for an updated calendar of events planned for 2023-2024.
In 1923, America's first study abroad program was launched at the University of Delaware when a young professor walked into the president's office with a daring plan: to send students abroad for their junior year.
Prof. Raymond W. Kirkbride, an instructor in the Modern Languages Department and a WWI veteran, had seen firsthand what disagreements between nations could do.
Photo of the members of the first UD Study Abroad program (1923) at the "Golden Gates" in the Place Stanis las Nancy. Left to right: David M. Doughery, Austin P. Cooley, John C. Snyder, Herbert H. Lank, Prof. Raymond Kirkbride, Francis J. Cummings, William K. Mendenhall, T. Russell Turner, John W. Walker.