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Wake Forest ranks fourth in study abroad in national report


November 30, 2009

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

The Open Doors 2009 report placed Wake Forest fourth on the list, “Institutions by Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad: Top 40 Doctorate Institutions, 2007-2008.” According to IIE’s methodology, an estimated 67% of Wake Forest undergraduates received credit for study abroad in the 2007-2008 academic year.

“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.

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 2009 report can be found at http://opendoors.iienetwork.org. Click on the study abroad report “Institutions by Undergraduate Participation” for more details.

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