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Revised report: Wake Forest University ranks third in study abroad


December 18, 2008

Wake Forest University ranks third among doctoral universities with the highest percentage of undergraduates studying abroad, according to the Open Doors 2008 report published by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The report, released Nov. 17, initially placed Wake Forest second on the list, “Institutions by Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad: Top 40 Doctorate Institutions, 2006-2007.”   But, IIE made changes after the original release.

The Institute for International Education recently sent the following statement to schools that participated in the Open Doors survey.

“Your institution was featured in one or more of the U.S. study abroad rankings tables in the Open Doors 2008 data, released on November 17, 2008.  Due to inconsistencies in the data that were detected after the initial data release, we have been forced to make minor adjustments to some of the rankings tables.  Your institution’s ranking may have been affected slightly by these adjustments.”

An estimated 65.4 percent of Wake Forest undergraduates received credit for study abroad in the 2006-2007 academic year. Wake Forest was ranked fourth in this category in IIE’s 2007 report.

“We want every student who comes to Wake Forest to engage in some type of international experience,” said Steven Duke, director of the Center for International Studies at Wake Forest. “Regardless of major, background or financial circumstances, we want each student to know that study abroad is open to him or her. International study creates numerous opportunities for learning about the world, developing a better understanding of one’s discipline, learning intercultural communication skills, and developing as a person. These experiences are critical in today’s environment.”

Wake Forest offers more than 400 semester, summer and year-long study abroad programs in 200 cities in more than 70 countries worldwide. The university owns residential study centers in Venice, Vienna and London, where students live and study with a faculty member. Wake Forest also offers study abroad programs to many other places, including Spain, France, Japan, China, Morocco, Peru, Mexico and Benin.

“One of the highlights at Wake Forest is the large number of students – two thirds —  who study abroad for a full semester or year,” Duke said. “The other third of students study abroad during the summer.” Although many Wake Forest students study in western Europe, more students are now interested in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Wake Forest is also seeing an upward trend in the number of business and science majors studying abroad.

The Institute of International Education receives funding from the U.S. State Department. The Open Doors 2008 report can be found at http://opendoors.iienetwork.org. Click on the study abroad report “Institutions by Undergraduate Participation.”

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