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Report ranks Loyola's study abroad programs No. 1 in nation for second straight year

| By Nick Alexopulos

Loyola University Maryland study abroad in Amsterdam
For the second straight year, 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 latest ranking is part of the 2012 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.

With 472 students studying abroad in one-semester programs, Loyola tops a list that includes three other Jesuit institutions. Loyola also ranked 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.

Overall, study abroad programs are gaining in popularity worldwide. In the 2010-11 academic year, 273,996 American students studied abroad for academic credit, an increase of 1 percent and an all-time high. U.S. students studying abroad increased in 17 of the top 25 destination countries, which include the United Kingdom, Italy, and China.

Loyola offers international programs in 13 cities in 13 different countries as well as 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. Recently, Loyola partnered with Newcastle University to open a science-focused study abroad center on Newcastle’s campus in the United Kingdom.

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.

More information about the Open Doors 2012 report is available on IIE’s website.

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