Miami student Carl Resnick shows his Miami pride at Torres del Paine, a national park in Patagonia, Chile, during a study abroad trip.
Miami student Carl Resnick shows his Miami pride at Torres del Paine, a national park in Patagonia, Chile, during a study abroad trip. Photo: Carl Resnick

Miami ranks third in the nation for study abroad among public doctoral universities

By Margo Kissell, university news and communications

Miami University’s rate of study abroad for undergraduates ranks third in the U.S. among public doctoral universities, according to the latest Open Doors report released Monday, Nov. 18.

Miami moved up a spot from last year’s fourth place ranking based on rate of study abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year, the Institute of International Education reports.

Miami had 1,594 students earn study abroad credit out of 3,414 undergraduate degrees conferred, for a rate of 46.7%. Among all public and private universities, that places Miami 32nd.Student in Hong Kong

Miami student Pierce Kaufman wears a Love & Honor shirt while exploring the streets of the small fishing village Tai O in Hong Kong (submitted photo).

Including graduate students, the Open Doors list of total number of students who study abroad places Miami 27th nationally with 1,958 students.

Karla Guinigundo, director of global partnerships for Global Initiatives at Miami, said 73 more undergraduate students studied abroad in 2017-2018 than the previous academic year.

“Winter term enrollment was strong in 2018 in part due to program offerings such as a unique winter-spring term learning experience during the Winter Olympic Games held in South Korea,” led by Sooun Lee, professor of information systems and analytics, Guinigundo said.

She noted 75% of Miami students who go abroad do so on faculty-led programs or through the Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center.

Other top destinations for Miami students include Spain, Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Belize, Peru and France.

The high percentage of students traveling in faculty-led programs demonstrates an exceptional institutional commitment to study abroad, Guinigundo said. She believes having such strong faculty-led programs is one of the key reasons Miami received the 2019 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

“We are fortunate at Miami to have a large contingent of faculty in all academic divisions excited to lead programs abroad and staff across the institution — from academic advisers to financial aid advisers — who are committed to helping students achieve their goal of studying abroad.”

The Open Doors report is released during International Education Week.