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New report ranks Loyola’s study abroad programs first in nation

| By Nick Alexopulos

Loyola University Maryland has been ranked No. 1 in the nation among master’s institutions that have the most students who study abroad in one-semester programs.

The ranking is part of the latest Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, which is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. Loyola was also ranked 6th among master’s institutions both for total number of study abroad students and undergraduate participation in study abroad.

“Recognition in Open Doors reflects the remarkable effort of numerous departments and offices at Loyola over the last 25 years to support international education and offer a broad selection of high-quality study abroad opportunities to a large number of students,” said André Pierre Colombat, Ph.D., Loyola’s dean of international programs. “This collaboration has positioned us to better serve our students and prepare them for the challenges of a globalized world.”

Loyola offers international programs in 13 cities in 13 different international countries and exchanges in the Netherlands, Argentina, Japan, Germany, France, Chile, and Singapore. In 2010 Loyola was one of five universities to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, an honor presented by NAFSA: The Association of International Educators.

IIE’s Open Doors, supported by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities. Open Doors has issued a report on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit every year since 1985 and since 1919 has conducted an annual survey of approximately 3,000 accredited institutions regarding international students in the United States.

Full rankings where Loyola appears are available online:

Leading Institutions By Mid-Length Duration Of Study Abroad And Institutional Type, 2009/10

Institutions By Total Number Of Study Abroad Students: Top 40 Master's Institutions, 2009/10

Institutions By Undergraduate Participation In Study Abroad: Top 40 Master's Institutions, 2009/10

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