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Miami continues growth in study abroad participation

11/20/2006

Miami University sent a record number of students overseas in 2004-2005, maintaining a spot among the top 20 schools nationwide for study abroad according to a recent report.

This fall's Open Doors 2006 report by the Institute for International Education (IIE) showed 1,350 Miami undergraduates and 84 graduate students earned academic credit abroad, an increase of 179 students over the previous year. Miami increased undergraduate participation by 15 percent over the previous year and is ranked 18th nationally in total-student enrollment in study abroad programs for undergraduate students.

Miami has placed in the top 20 for study abroad for 11 years in a row and is second only to Ohio State for the number of students studying abroad from Ohio universities. Over their four years, one-third of Miami students study overseas, which is the highest participation rate yet achieved here.

Believing that study abroad can lead to personal and professional growth and the acquisition of valuable skills for its students, Miami is promoting the importance of increased participation in overseas study among its students.

"Our institutional goal is a 50 percent participation rate by graduation, with half of those on semester or longer programs," said David Keitges, director of international education.

The majority of Miami students spend a semester or a school year at Miami's campus in Luxembourg, or study in Spain, Australia, the United Kingdom and other western European sites, but increasing numbers are going to Latin American countries, China, Japan and to African countries.

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