August 04, 2015
Susquehanna University is ranked No. 13 among The Princeton Review's Top 20 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs in the nation.
The Princeton Review's 2016 edition of The Best 380 Colleges guidebook recognizes Susquehanna's Global Opportunities (GO) program in which students study off campus in a culture different from their own, for at least two weeks or as long as a semester. Susquehanna was among the first in the nation to require every student to have a meaningful cross-cultural experience, followed by scholarly reflection. In a time of geopolitical and economic complexity, cultural competency in the workplace is an essential skill. Susquehanna is one of only two schools in Pennsylvania to have earned a place on this distinct list in this year's guidebook.
Princeton Review's rankings are based on surveys and comments by 136,000 students attending the colleges profiled in the book. Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the United States are profiled in guide. In addition to being named as one of the "The Best 380 Colleges," Susquehanna is also recognized as one of the "Best Northeastern Schools." Placement on each list is confined to schools deemed by The Princeton Review as "academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search." Parents and students looking at colleges can read what current students think of their college experience.
"I believe the every young adult should have access to a cross-cultural experience," one senior told The Princeton Review, "and I value Susquehanna for making such an experience a priority for its students."
Here's what other Susquehanna students told The Princeton Review:
- "Fantastic" professors "take a personal interest in their students" and strive to make themselves "accessible."
- Susquehanna is "invested in ... the success of their students."
- The university is an institution that "thrives on building strong leaders and independent thinkers."
- Students value a "close-knit community" replete with a "strong alumni network."
The popularity of its study abroad opportunities is the latest recognition of Susquehanna's growing reputation in international education. In 2013, the university received the Institute for International Education's prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus.
Students from 22 countries currently call Susquehanna's campus home, and in the last three years, eight Susquehannans have received prestigious Fulbright awards to study or do research globally, while 10 have been named finalists in the Fulbright process.