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Miami in top 10 in study abroad

12/10/1999

Miami University ranks sixth in the nation for the number of its students who study abroad.

More than 1,034 Miami students received academic credit for international study programs in 1997-98-up from 975 in 1996-97-according to a survey released this week by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Miami has ranked in the top 10 nationally in the last four surveys and twice has ranked first within its category of nonresearch universities.

Five research universities, Michigan State (1,454 students), University of Texas at Austin (1,330 students), University of Pennsylvania (1,314), University of Arizona (1,115) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1,037) sent more students abroad than Miami.

IIE’s report, called "Open Doors," reports that a total of 113,959 American students earned credit for study abroad in 1997-98, a 14.6 percent increase over previous figures and the largest increase in the five years IIE has been collecting data.

And though Europe is still the primary destination-Britain, Spain, Italy and France topped the list-study in non-European countries is on the rise. A decade ago, 80 percent of American students abroad went to Europe; 64 percent do now.

Miami’s international programs reflect this trend. Though many students study at Miami’s Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg, 27 other countries were host to semester, year or summer programs in 1997-98 including Ghana, Brazil and Russia.

Courses also reflect a diversity of subject matter beyond the traditional language study. Offerings included theatre in the Czech Republic, the natural and cultural history of Costa Rica, a third-world experience in Nepal and a look at contemporary Africa in Kumasi, Ghana.

"Studying abroad no longer means a semester in Europe. When Miami students return to campus, they bring back firsthand knowledge and experience from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe that benefits everyone," said Miami Provost Ronald Crutcher.

The IIE report shows nearly two-thirds of study-abroad students are female, more than a third are social sciences and humanities majors, and almost half go abroad during their junior year.

The complete report can be found on the "Open Doors" Web site: www.opendoorsweb.org.

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