Tuesday, December 6th, 2011...3:03 pm
The Right Study Abroad Program Can Prepare Students for the Global Marketplace
Study abroad is on the rise again with 4% more American students studying abroad than last year.
According to the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange (published annually by the Institute of International Education with funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) 270,604 students studied abroad for credit during the academic year 2009/10, compared to 260,327 the previous year.
And students are studying in less traditional destinations. Although the UK, Italy, Spain and France still top the list, China continues to attract with nearly 14,000 students studying there in 2009/10 compared to fewer than 3,000 in 1999/00. Fifteen of the top 25 destinations were outside of Western Europe and 19 were countries where English is not a primary language. There was a 44 % increase in U.S. students going to India, and Israel, Brazil, New Zealand and Egypt showed large percentage gains.