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Miami University in top 20 in study abroad

Miami ranks 18th in the nation in the number of students who study abroad.

A total of 1,160 Miami students received academic credit for international study programs in 2001-2002, according to an annual report released in November by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Miami has ranked in the top 20 nationally in the past eight surveys and has ranked first among doctoral/non-research universities for six years.

Despite a weak economy and post-9/11 concerns, American students continue to regard study abroad as a critical part of their higher education experience, according to the IIE report.

Students at Miami and nationwide are choosing less traditional destinations for study. Although the United Kingdom continues to be the most popular study abroad site (followed by Spain and Italy), other countries are seeing dramatic increases including China (up 33 percent to ninth place) and Japan (up 21 percent to 11th place).

"Now Miami students travel to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Belize, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Haiti, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Guatemala and South Korea," says Marcia Waller, Miami’s study abroad adviser.

Africa was the destination for 58 Miami students who studied in Kenya, Ghana and Gambia in 2001-2002.

For more information on the national trends in study abroad go to www.opendoors.iienetwork.org.

Date Published: 12/04/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 17

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