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Open Doors 2012: Eckerd College Ranks Highest in Florida for Number of Students Studying Abroad

posted on 11/26/2012

Open Doors 2012According to the Institute of International Education's Open Doors 2012 Report on International Educational Exchange, Eckerd College ranks #12 among baccalaureate institutions sending students to study abroad for a short-term duration (235), #28 among the top 40 baccalaureate institutions sending total number of students to study abroad (317), and #37 among the top 40 baccalaureate institutions by undergraduate participation. For the third consecutive year, Eckerd College is the only Florida baccalaureate institution on all three lists.

The Open Doors report is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. Data is collected from a survey of approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions. The study abroad data in Open Doors 2012 reflect study conducted abroad in academic year 2010-11.

"The Eckerd experience is global," said Dr. Donald R. Eastman III, President of Eckerd College. "The international dimension and perspective are vital to all of our academic and extracurricular programs, and we expect and encourage each student to have a study abroad experience during their Eckerd career."

Eckerd provides semester, full year, winter term, and spring-into-summer programs for student participation. More than 284 Eckerd students will travel on 19 trips during the upcoming January 2013 Winter Term for language study, cultural immersion, research, and service-learning. Destinations include London, Greece, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, France, Ecuador and Cuba.

Eckerd's Office of International Education and Off-Campus Programs plays a major role in working with faculty to arrange short-and long-term trips and make study abroad opportunities available to as many Eckerd students as possible.

"At Eckerd College we believe that an international experience is an essential part of a liberal and liberating education," said Diane Ferris, Director of International Education. "This experience positively affects our students' personal development by helping to further cross-cultural understanding and their appreciation of global issues of concern."

Study Abroad at Eckerd College
Since its inception, Eckerd College has provided study abroad opportunities for its students. This commitment to study abroad is expressed in the College's mission and, in 1960, the academic calendar was specifically designed to create a time for students to study a single topic. This four-one-four calendar became a model for other institutions throughout the country.

At the heart of the Eckerd College study abroad program is the London Study Centre. Since 1970, when Eckerd College leased a 200-year-old Georgian row house on Gower Street, more than 1,500 students have called the Centre home. For many in the Eckerd community, the London house has become the symbol of Eckerd College abroad.

View Eckerd's Destination Archive for recent study abroad trips to China, France, Italy and the Sundance Film Festival as seen through photos, blogs and videos.

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