Notre Dame ranks fifth in percentage of undergraduates studying abroad

Exposure to other cultures is one of the leading drivers for social entrepreneurship. Blake Mycoskie of TOMS went to Argentina. Scott Harrison of Charity: Water went to Africa.  Notre Dame students travel to 19 nations across 6 continents. When you study abroad, don’t be a passive observer, but rather an engaged, curious traveler.

Banner photo taken by Christopher Rose:

Reposted from Notre Dame News:

by Brittany Collins

2013_south_africa_300The University of Notre Dame ranks fifth nationwide in percentage of undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs among U.S. doctoral/research institutions, according to the Open Doors report released Monday (Nov. 11) by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The report focused on study abroad activity during the fall 2011 and spring and summer 2012 semesters. The IIE reports a 65.9 percent participation rate at Notre Dame, a 6.2 percentage point increase over the 2012 results. Notre Dame jumped four spots from last year’s ninth place ranking. The University has ranked in the top 10 in the last 12 consecutive years.

Among doctoral/research institutions, the University also ranks 15th in the nation for the number of students participating in long-term (full academic year) study abroad programs and 18th for the number of students participating in mid-length (semester) programs. These rankings are calculated by the size of institution, with New York University coming in first with 388 students in long-term programs and 2,039 students in mid-length programs. Notre Dame reported 75 students and 738 students, respectively.

Participation percentages for the purpose of the Open Doors report are calculated by dividing the number of undergraduate students involved in a study abroad program by the number of bachelor degrees conferred in the time period. The IIE’s report, titled “Open Doors 2013,” showed an overall 3 percent increase from the previous year in the number of U.S. students participating in international study programs.

The Open Doors report is published by the Institute of International Education, an independent not-for-profit organization that has conducted an annual statistical survey of international students in the U.S. since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.

Notre Dame International offers international study programs in 19 nations: Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Senegal and Uganda, as well as a program in Washington, D.C.

2 responses to “Notre Dame ranks fifth in percentage of undergraduates studying abroad

  1. This makes me want to go abroad! I could not go because my sports season runs through both semesters, and I needed to have a job over the summers. I strongly agree that exposure to other cultures is a main driver in social entrepreneurship. Traveling can be very thought provoking, and when thoughts are stirred up, ideas can be developed. With good ideas and good social causes, a business model can be made. I am planning on traveling in Central and South America this summer, and even though it is not with a study abroad program, I will be able to experience new cultures. I am excited to see what sorts of business ideas I come up with on my travels.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s