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The world as a classroom

ON THE GREEN | The University, which launched America’s first study abroad program 90 years ago, continues to make its mark as a leader in international education.

According to the 2013 edition of Open Doors, published by the Institute of International Education, UD ranks fourth nationally among public, doctorate-granting institutions in the percentage of students who study abroad.

During the 2011-12 academic year, 1,366 UD undergraduate students, or 36.3 percent of the graduating population, studied abroad for academic credit, primarily in short-term programs lasting less than a semester. UD stands at 16th in the U.S. among all doctoral institutions in the number of students participating in those short-term programs—1,198 in the 2011-12 academic year.

UD’s undergraduate student participation in study abroad outranked that of Carnegie Mellon, the University of Virginia and several other institutions. The only public, doctoral institutions with higher participation rates were the College of William and Mary (45.7 percent), Georgia Institute of Technology (38.3 percent) and Miami University (37.9 percent).

“UD has a distinguished history in international education, from our pioneering program to France in 1923 that initiated study abroad in America, to about 70 programs worldwide that now involve over a thousand UD students each year,” says Nancy Guerra, associate provost for international programs. “Experiencing other cultures firsthand deepens students’ understanding of the world and their role as global citizens and problem solvers.”

Open Doors also reaffirmed that when international students decide to study abroad, they predominantly head to the United States—to institutions like the University of Delaware. According to the report, international student enrollments in U.S. higher education institutions rose to the highest levels ever during the 2012-13 academic year, with 819,644 international students studying here.

The state of Delaware ranked 38th in the U.S. in numbers of foreign students at 4,337, of whom 3,696 came to UD. Their leading countries of origin included China, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey and South Korea. The students’ expenditures in the state were estimated at $121.5 million.

Article by Tracey Bryant

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