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It was a bold, daring move that would change the course of international education. The University of Delaware launched America’s first study abroad program on July 7, 1923, when a group of eight students set sail for France aboard the ocean liner Rochambeau.
The program was the brainchild of Raymond W. Kirkbride, a young professor in the modern languages department and a World War I veteran. He presented the idea to then-UD president Walter Hullihen, who enlisted the support of private donors, including Pierre S. du Pont, to finance it.
The program was hailed nationally for its success in promoting cross-cultural education, and soon other colleges began sending students to the University of Delaware to participate in the Junior Year Abroad, including Wellesley, the University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Smith, Princeton, Harvard and many others.
As we travel back to its beginning, we invite you to join us in celebrating a UD innovation that continues to make its mark on students’ lives, and the world.