November 17, 2014
Susquehanna University ranks among the best in the nation for undergraduate participation in study abroad, according to the Open Doors 2014 annual report on student mobility, released on Nov. 17 by the Institute for International Education (IIE).
According to the report, which uses data from the 2012-13 academic year, Susquehanna ranked #10 for the percentage of students at baccalaureate schools studying abroad, up from #21 last year.
Susquehanna is one of only a handful of schools in the nation that require a study-away experience for all students. As part of the core curriculum's Global Opportunities (GO) program, 100 percent of Susquehanna students have a study-away experience in a culture other than their own. An overwhelming majority of students-about 90 percent in 2012-2013-choose to study in another country. Ten percent of students completed their cross-cultural experience within the United States that year.
In national surveys, most college-bound students say they plan to study abroad, but often don't once they're in college.
"One hallmark of our program is its accessibility to every student," says Scott Manning, dean of global programs. "Historically, study abroad has been a year-long experience limited to an elite class of wealthy female college students. 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."
"Our flexible structure and financial aid packages ensure that every student can and does GO," he says. "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."
The New York Times recognized Susquehanna as one of the 10 most economically diverse colleges in the nation earlier this year.
In the Open Doors 2014 report, Susquehanna is also ranked #12 for total number of study abroad students among all baccalaureate schools in the United States, regardless of student body size, up from #15 the previous year and #35 only two years ago.
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.