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Record high for Miami students studying abroad

11/16/2008

America's students are studying abroad in record numbers, with Miami University ranking 25th nationally among comparable universities in undergraduate participation, according to The Open Doors 2008 report by the Institute for International Education.

The 1,421 Miami undergraduates who earned academic credit for study abroad in 2006-2007 translates to a rate of 37 percent of Miami undergraduates going overseas by the time they graduate. That's an increase of 11 percent from the previous year. Miami is the only Ohio doctoral institution in the top 40 for undergraduate participation in study abroad.

Miami ranked even higher at 22nd nationally among doctoral institutions in total number of study-abroad students - undergraduate and graduate - with 1,569 students in 2006-2007, an increase of 10 percent from 2005-2006. This is the largest number of students in Miami's history to study abroad, according to David Keitges, director of international education at Miami.

Miami has been among the top 30 nationally among doctoral institutions for both the total number of students and undergraduate participation for the past 13 years.

"This latest increase marks a decade of unprecedented growth in the number of American students receiving academic credit for their overseas academic experience...from less than 100,000 in 1996-1997 to nearly a quarter of a million in 2006-2007," states the Open Doors report.

Study Abroad Destinations:

American students are more frequently choosing non-traditional study abroad destinations. The report says the number of U.S. students studying in China, Argentina, South Africa, Ecuador and India each increased by more than 20 percent over 2005-2006.

At Miami, students also are choosing non-traditional destinations more frequently. The leading destinations for Miami students in 2006-2007 included China, Luxembourg, Italy, United Kingdom, Costa Rica, France and Spain, said Keitges. In all, Miami students studied in 41 countries in 2006-2007.

More than half of American students who study abroad (55.4 percent) choose short-term duration programs, including summer, January term and programs eight weeks or less, according to the Open Doors 2008 report. Miami ranks 17th nationally among doctoral institutions for short-term duration study abroad, with 62 percent of students who study abroad choosing short-term duration programs.

"The emphasis now taken by the university is to develop programs of semester length outside Western Europe," says Keitges. "Now we have special semester programs in Shanghai, China; Hyderabad, India, in spring 2009; Dharamsala, India, for Tibetan studies in fall 2009; and a future program in Cape Town, South Africa."

International Student Enrollment on U.S. Campuses Increasing

The number of international students enrolled at Miami in 2006-2007 increased 17 percent over the previous year, from 382 to 467. Likewise, the number of international students enrolled on U.S. campuses is at an all-time high, with an increase of 7 percent. The Open Doors report says the top countries of origin are India, China, South Korea, Japan and Canada. At Miami, the top countries of origin for international students include Kenya along with China, India, South Korea and Japan.

Miami Initiatives, More Student Access

Miami students are now able to apply their Miami scholarships and federal financial aid to co-sponsored programs with other, non-Miami semester study abroad providers. The new policy, implemented last semester, is one of a series of decisions made recently to expand study abroad for Miami students in every degree program, according to Provost Jeffrey Herbst. "We believe that this change in policy will allow more students to study abroad and still graduate on time at Miami," said Keitges. "Now students can choose from among approximately 350 co-sponsored programs that permit scholarship transfer."

For more information about the IIE's Open Doors 2008 report, go to www.opendoors.iienetwork.org .

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