November 16, 2015
Susquehanna University ranks among the best in the nation for undergraduate participation in study abroad, according to the Open Doors 2015 annual report on student mobility, released Nov. 16 by the Institute for International Education (IIE).
According to the report, which uses data from the 2013-14 academic year, Susquehanna ranked #12 for the total number of students at baccalaureate colleges who studied abroad. The university ranked #13 for the percentage of students at baccalaureate schools studying abroad.
Susquehanna is one of only a very small number of schools requiring a study-away experience for all students, as preparation for success in a global economy. Through its Global Opportunities (GO) program, students study off campus in a culture different from their own, either in the U.S. or abroad. A majority of students-86.1 percent in 2013-14- choose to study in another country. For the year surveyed, 434 Susquehanna students studied on six continents.
"Most college-bound students say they plan to study abroad, but only a fraction actually do," says Scott Manning, dean of global programs. "One hallmark of our program is its accessibility to every student. By making study away a requirement, it becomes our responsibility to remove the traditional barriers to study abroad related to ethnicity, gender, disability, academic level, major or financial ability. All of our students can experience the transformational power of cross-cultural study."
The report affirms, "While study abroad by American students has more than tripled in the last two decades, reaching a new high of 304,467, still only about 10 percent of U.S. students study abroad before graduating from college."
In 2013, Susquehanna University was awarded the Institute for International Education's highest award for facilitating study abroad opportunities and increasing students' cultural competency.