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Miami in top 10 in study abroad

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

A total of 1,348 Miami students received academic credit for international study programs in 2000-2001, according to an annual report released this week by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The total is a nearly 17 percent increase from the previous year.

Miami has ranked in the top 10 nationally in the past seven surveys and ranks first among doctoral/nonresearch universities for the fifth time.

Five research institutions, Michigan State (1,835), University of Texas (1,633), New York University (1,471), Florida State (1,464) and the University of Illinois (1,369), sent more students abroad than Miami.

A record number of U.S. college students studied abroad in 2000-2001, the report shows, with a 7.4 percent increase over 1999-2000 for a total of 154,168.

"More students are studying abroad than ever before, a sign that young Americans clearly recognize the crucial role they will play in leading our nation into a world even more connected than it is today," says Patricia Harrison, the state department’s assistant secretary for educational and cultural affairs.

"Despite efforts by terrorists to isolate America from the rest of the world, the response by American students is to ... seek out more opportunities for firsthand interaction with other cultures," said Allen Goodman, IIE president.

The number of Miami students studying abroad continues to rise, with more students studying in other countries this semester than in fall 2001, according to Marcia Waller, Miami’s international study abroad adviser.

Three other Ohio colleges ranked in the top 20 in their institutional categories for study abroad, including Ohio State (1,201, 14th highest for research institutions), University of Dayton (382, 11th highest for master’s institutions) and Antioch College (more than 100 percent participation rate, second highest for baccalaureate institutions). Miami ranks seventh among research and doctoral institutions for participation rate, with more than 30 percent of students participating in study abroad programs.

Most American students who studied abroad did so for one semester or less, with the top five destinations being Britain, Italy, Spain, France and Mexico.

The complete IIE report can be found at www.opendoors.iienetwork.org.

Date Published: 12/05/2002
Volume: 22   Number: 18

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