UGA and Kennesaw among the top U.S. campuses for study abroad; Georgia ranks 12th for international students here

5:06 pm November 12, 2012, by Maureen Downey Interesting data today on international students…

Georgia (Nov 13, 2012)5:06 pm November 12, 2012, by Maureen Downey


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Interesting data today on international students attending college in the U.S. and American students going abroad to study.

The stats are from the 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, published annually by the Institute of International Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The report notes that the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by six percent to a record high of 764,495 in the 2011/12 academic year, driven by an increase in Chinese students.

At the same time, U.S. students studying abroad increased by one percent. Among the top 40 doctoral institutions, University of Georgia ranks 12th in the nation, sending 2,079 students abroad to study in 2010-2011. In that same category, the top five campuses for sending students abroad are New York University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Texas, Austin

Among the top 40 master’s institutions, Kennesaw State University ranks 8th, sending 734 students to study abroad. The top five schools in that category are Elon University, James Madison University, Appalachian State University, Villanova University and Arcadia University 


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