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Miami in top 10 of the nation in study abroad for fifth year

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

A total of 1,110 Miami students received academic credit for international study programs in 1998-99, according to an annual report released recently by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Miami has ranked in the top 10 nationally in the last five surveys and has ranked first three times in the category of nonresearch universities.

About 28 percent of Miami students study abroad, the fifth highest participation rate among research and doctoral institutions.

Six research institutions, Brigham Young University (1,862 students), Michigan State University (1,565), University of Texas at Austin (1,452), University of Pennsylvania (1,349), New York University (1,304) and University of Wisconsin, Madison (1,204) sent more students abroad than Miami.

Only three other Ohio colleges or universities were ranked. They included Ohio State University (889 students, 17th highest research institution); University of Dayton (300 students, 17th highest master’s institution); and Oberlin College (286 students, 19th highest bachelor’s institution). According to the IIE report, a total of 129,770 American students were involved in study abroad programs with the top five destinations Britain, Spain, Italy, France and Mexico.

While Europe remains a primary destination, travel to nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America is on the upswing. Miami’s international programs reflect this trend with students studying not only at the university’s Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg, but 34 other countries, including Australia and Ghana.

"When Miami students who study abroad return to campus, they bring back firsthand experiences … that benefit everyone. It gives them a global perspective," said Marcia Waller, study abroad adviser.

The complete IIE report can be found at www.opendoorsweb.org.

Date Published: 11/30/2000
Volume: 20   Number: 17

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