American students are studying abroad in record numbers, and Miami University students have placed Miami 23rd nationally among comparable universities in undergraduate participation, according to the Open Doors 2009 report by the Institute of International Education.
Miami is the only doctoral institution in Ohio in the top 40 for undergraduate participation in study abroad, with 1,439 undergraduates in 2007-2008 — or 40 percent — studying abroad by the time they graduate, an increase of 1.3 percent over the previous year.
Miami students reflect the growing number of American students studying abroad, which increased 8.5 percent in 2007-2008 over the previous year. Four times as many American students participated in study abroad in 2007-2008 than in 1987-1988, according to the Open Doors report.
Miami also ranked 24th nationally among doctoral institutions in the total number of study-abroad students — undergraduate and graduate — with 1,616 students in 2007-2008, an increase of 3 percent from 2006-2007 and the largest number of Miami students to date to study abroad.
Miami has been among the top 30 nationally among doctoral institutions for both the total number of students and undergraduate participation for the past 14 years.
Study Abroad Destinations
Open Door 2009 reports that the number of students going to nearly all the top 25 destinations increased, with notable rises seen in less traditional destinations including China, Ireland, Austria and India (up 20 percent) and Costa Rica, Japan, Argentina and South Africa (up 15 percent). The leading destinations for Miami students in 2007-2008 were Luxembourg, England, Italy, China and Costa Rica, according to Miami’s office of international education.
International Student Enrollment on U.S. Campuses Increasing
Data for international students in the United States are for the 2008-2009 year. The number of international students enrolled at Miami in fall 2008 (graduate and undergraduate) increased 29 percent over the previous year, from 467 to 604. The top five countries of origin are China (262); India (48); South Korea (29); Kenya (18); and France (16).
The number of international students enrolled at U.S. campuses in 2008-2009 increased 7.7 percent from 2007-2008, with the top five countries of origin (which comprise 50 percent of all international students) India, China, South Korea, Japan and Canada, according to Open Doors 2009.
The Open Doors 2009 report data reflects study abroad for academic year 2007-2008, prior to the economic downturn. However, the Institute of International Education indicates that “anecdotally, student interest in study abroad has remained high in the past year despite financial challenges that might keep some from participating, and campus leaders have expressed an interest in trying to make sure that international opportunities remain available.”
At Miami, students are able to apply their Miami scholarships and federal financial aid to co-sponsored programs with other, non-Miami semester study abroad providers. Students can choose from among approximately 350 co-sponsored programs that permit scholarship transfer.
According to David Keitges, director of Miami’s office of international education, the just-concluded 2008-2009 academic year data will be reported to the Institute of International Education in May 2010, and “we see a strong increase in these figures.”
Students interested in study abroad at Miami can attend “Study Abroad 101” information sessions held most weekdays at 4-4:30 p.m. in 225 MacMillan Hall.
A “Passport Blitz” will be offered by the office of lifelong learning 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 212 MacMillan Hall. Students may apply for a passport and meet with study abroad advisers. For information on documents required to apply for a passport, go to passportblitz.
For more information about study abroad at Miami go to the international programs Web site at www.units.muohio.edu/internationalprograms.