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Study abroad still strong at Miami

Miami ranks 19th in the nation in the number of students who study abroad, the ninth year in a row that it has ranked in the top 20.
A report by the Institute of International Education (IIE) shows 1,208 Miami students - 1,105 undergraduates and 103 graduates students - earned credit for overseas studies in 2002-2003.

“Even more impressive is that in a comparison of only undergraduate students going abroad, Miami ranks 10th among 223 research or doctoral universities,” said David Keitges, director of international education at Miami.

This is the first year the report combined research and non-research universities in the same list, putting Miami up against larger universities with more graduate students.

Nearly 30 percent of Miami students study abroad by the time they graduate. In addition to those spending one to two semesters at Miami's campus in Luxembourg, many other students were in programs in Spain, Australia, England and Italy in 2002-2003, says Marcia Waller, study abroad adviser. Some studied in Brazil, China, New Zealand and Costa Rica, among others.

Open Doors 2004, the name of the report by the IIE, notes that in the first full academic year after the 9/11 attacks, the number of U.S. college students receiving credit for study abroad increased by 8.5 percent from the previous year, for a record total of 174,629. However, more than half of U.S. undergraduates and master's degree students participate in summer, January term and other programs of eight weeks or less. Ninety-two percent of American students who studied abroad in 2002-2003 did so for one semester or less.

Europe, with 64 percent of total students reported, is still the most popular region for U.S. students abroad. The percentage of all students earning credit in Latin America increased to 14 percent in 2002-2003. More students also went to Oceania and Africa. Enrollments in programs in the Middle East and Asia declined.

Date Published: 02/03/2005
Volume: 24   Number: 23

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