Enrollment in study-abroad programs at KSU grows 142 percent in five years

University is among state institutions with highest number of students participating in study…

Georgia (Nov 18, 2008) — Enrollment in study-abroad programs at KSU grows 142 percent in five years

Aixa Pascual


Enrollment in study−abroad programs at KSU grows 142 percent in five years
University is among state institutions with highest number of students participating in study−abroad programs.

KENNESAW‚ Ga.‚ (Nov. 17‚ 2008) — The number of Kennesaw State students participating in study−abroad programs has grown by a dramatic 142 percent over the past five years‚ according to figures released by the Board of Regents today.

In the 2007−2008 academic year‚ a record 454 KSU students traveled abroad in approved study−abroad programs‚ compared to 188 students in the 2003−2004 academic year. KSU ranked fourth in study−abroad enrollment among all University System of Georgia institutions‚ just behind the University of Georgia‚ Georgia Tech and Georgia State‚ which are research universities.

“The new data confirms that our strategy to elevate global learning to the top tier of the university’s priorities and learning outcomes is working‚” said Akanmu Adebayo‚ executive director of the Institute for Global Initiatives at KSU. “Our numbers are increasing so dramatically because many academic departments have worked to integrate study−abroad experiences into their curriculums.”

The impressive growth in enrollment in study−abroad programs at KSU –– now offered in more than 20 locations worldwide –– illustrates the university’s commitment to expand students’ global knowledge. As part of its Quality Enhancement Plan to improve student learning‚ required for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools‚ the university is committed to enhancing the global learning of students‚ faculty and staff.

The Institute for Global Initiatives has helped institutionalize global learning on campus over the past few years‚ and a recently implemented global learning fee of $14 per semester will help grow study−abroad programs. The fee will raise $700‚000 for scholarships to enable a larger number of students to attend these programs.

KSU currently offers more than 40 study−abroad programs in all regions of the world‚ including:

• southern Mexico‚ where nursing students work at a children’s
• Mysore‚ India‚ where students work in a biotechnology lab;
• Kenya and Tanzania‚ where students learn about history and
community life in East Africa;
• Chile‚ where students study history and geography in a colonial city;
• China‚ where business students get a firsthand look at businesses
and financial institutions in one of the world’s fastest growing
economies; and
• Thailand‚ where students learn about criminal justice by visiting
prisons and police stations.

“Study abroad is critically important for any student who wants to better understand the complex‚ interdependent world in which we live‚” said Dan Paracka‚ director of the Office of International Studies and Programs. “Students gain awareness and skills through these experiences that are hard to develop in a classroom setting only.”

Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu