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Miami still tops in study abroad

01/20/1998

OXFORD, Ohio -- For the second year in a row, Miami University ranks among the top universities in the nation for sending students abroad to study, according to an Institute of International Education (IIE) survey.

Miami ranked fourth among all American universities with 949 students receiving academic credit for study abroad programs in 1995-96.

Miami follows only Boston University, with 1,416 students; the University of Pennsylvania, 1,126; and the University of Texas at Austin, 1,071.

Miami's total equals 6.1 percent of its students, the highest percentage of students at any public university.

In addition to studying at Miami's campus in Luxembourg, Miami students enrolled in semester, year or summer programs in 31 other countries.

"Students come back and remark on what they were able to accomplish on their own and how they learned to cope with any situation that arises. They become independent, and that's what we're looking for," says Marcia Waller, study abroad adviser. "And I'm happy to hear them say they learned to respect other people and places in the world."

Overall, the IIE report says 89,242 U.S. students studied abroad in 1995-96; 4,839 more than the year before.

The IIE report shows nearly two-thirds of study-abroad students are female, more go during their junior years, and the top destination by far is the United Kingdom, followed by Spain, Italy, France and Mexico.

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