November 20, 2017
Susquehanna University ranks among the best in the nation for undergraduate participation in study abroad, according to the Open Doors 2017 annual report on student mobility, released Nov. 13 by the Institute for International Education (IIE).
According to the report, which uses data from the 2015-16 academic year, Susquehanna ranked second in the state among baccalaureate universities and 13th nationwide for the number of students at baccalaureate schools studying abroad.
This year's Open Doors report found that U.S. colleges and universities hosted a record high of 1.08 million international students. However, while the overall number of international students studying in the United States increased, the number of new international students-those enrolled at a U.S. institution for the first time in fall 2016-declined by nearly 10,000 students to about 291,000, a three percent decrease from the previous year. This is the first time that these numbers have declined in the 12 years since Open Doors has reported new enrollments.
Susquehanna is one of only a handful of schools in the nation that requires a study-away experience for all students. Through the Global Opportunities (GO) program, students study in a culture different from their own for at least two weeks or as long as a semester. An overwhelming majority of students, about 90 percent, choose to study in another country. The rest complete their cross-cultural experience within the United States.
Aside from their academic learning, students who study abroad benefit from personal growth, enhanced leadership skills and a global awareness that employers value.
In national surveys, most college-bound students say they plan to study abroad, but often don't once they're in college.
"The cost of studying abroad can present a challenge for many students. Our flexible structure and financial aid packages ensure that every student can and does GO," said Scott Manning, dean of global programs. "Students taking a traditional semester abroad continue to pay at-home tuition and receive all aid. More than half of all students on our shorter, faculty-led or self-designed programs can offset part of the expense through institutional grants-some up to 75 percent of the total cost."
In 2013, Susquehanna was awarded the IIE's Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus, in recognition of the university's GO program and other related initiatives.