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Loyola’s study abroad programs ranked No. 1 in nation among master’s institutions

| By Stephanie Weaver
Loyola students in Bali
Loyola students at the Tegenungan Waterfall in Bali, Indonesia as part of their mid-semester break from Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Tara Wilkinson, '16)

Loyola University Maryland has been ranked No. 1 in the nation among master’s institutions that have the most students who study abroad in mid-length programs for the 2012-13 academic year.

The ranking is part of the 2014 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.

More than 64 percent of Loyola students participate in Loyola’s various study abroad opportunities. Loyola sponsors 17 study abroad programs, participates in nine exchange programs on five different continents, offers four summer programs and various study tours. Beginning in fall 2015, Loyola will open two new programs in Cape Town, South Africa, and Athens, Greece.

As a biology major at Loyola, when Olivia Bowles was considering her study abroad options, she decided to commit to an entire year in Loyola’s program in Newcastle, England.

"Studying abroad was amazing. I was full of excitement and it lasted the whole time," said Olivia Bowles, who came to Loyola from Chester, Va., and graduated in 2014. "I love traveling because I like seeing new places. I just feel this freedom. Studying abroad just opened the adventure."

The report also ranked Loyola No. 6 among master’s institutions for undergraduate participation in study abroad of any length and No. 12 among master’s institutions for total number of study abroad students, both undergraduate and graduate.

More U.S. students are taking advantage of study abroad programs, according to the study. In the 2012-13 academic year, 289,408 students studied abroad, compared to 283,332 students in 2011-12. Leading destinations include United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain.

The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange is based on a survey of approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of campuses regarding the international students in the United States since 1919, and with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. The data represent the number of semesters and summers abroad, and students who received academic credit for an academic experience abroad.

Loyola was lauded by IIE in 2012 for the 2010-11 academic year, ranking No. 1 among master’s institutions that have the most students who study abroad in one-semester programs, No. 5 among master’s institutions for participation in long-term study abroad, No. 5 among master’s institutions for total undergraduate participation in study abroad, and No. 6 among master’s institutions for total number of study abroad students.

More information about the Open Doors 2014 report is available on IIE’s website.

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