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Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education, the No. 1 news source for college and university faculty members and administrators, reported findings from a study that shows Eckerd College ranked #1 for the highest proportion of baccalaureate students who study abroad during their undergraduate career.
Eckerd College topped the list of U.S. colleges and universities with an impressive 123.6% of its students studying abroad. Participation in study abroad exceeded 100% due to the number of Eckerd students that enroll for multiple study abroad trips.
The ranking was the result of a report published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. It urges the federal government to create programs to triple the number of U.S. students studying abroad. The report follows on the heels of a study released by the American Council on Education that found that while more colleges require foreign language courses, most do not provide their students with a truly international education.
At Eckerd College, international education and study abroad are integral to a liberal arts education. This commitment is expressed in the mission of the college and, in 1960, the 4-1-4 academic calendar was specifically designed to create a time for students to study a single topic, often abroad. This calendar has become a model for other institutions throughout the country. Eckerd also provides semester, full year, and winter term programs for student participation.
"Many colleges aren't able to offer their students study abroad programs such as ours because their curriculums do not allow for flexibility," said Diane Ferris, Director of International Education. "We also strive to make study abroad a realistic option for all of our students, including those who work full time or are married. We want every one of our students to have the opportunity to study abroad at least once, if not multiple times, regardless of their situation."
Proportion of Undergraduates Studying Abroad
|Saint Olaf College||99.2%|
Source: Institute of International Education