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Oregon schools among top study abroad programs

Two state schools, a private school and a community college make the U.S. rankings


Lewis & Clark College, University of Oregon, University of Portland and Lewis & Clark College have all earned a place on the list of U.S. schools with the most students enrolled in study abroad programs.

The 2014 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, an annual report ranking study abroad programs, is published by the Institute of International Education, a not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization. Its study divided schools into categories based on the duration of study abroad trips and listed the number of study abroad students at each institution.

Lewis & Clark College was ranked sixth in the category of baccalaureate colleges with long-term study abroad programs; it had 33 students enrolled. In addition, Lewis & Clark was ranked eighth in the category of institutions with study abroad programs of mid-length duration; 298 students were enrolled in those programs.

The University of Oregon was ranked 18th among doctorate-granting institutions with long-term study abroad programs, with 65 students enrolled. The University of Portland was 14th on the list of master’s degree-granting institutions with long-term study abroad programs, with 40 students enrolled.

Chemeketa Community College in Salem was ranked 19th among associates-degree-granting colleges with short-term study abroad programs; it had 42 students enrolled in those programs.

Students qualify as being in a study abroad program if they receive credit for their study abroad or are performing non-credit educational experiences such as service learning and volunteering, but the trip does not count in the study unless it is being tracked by a student’s institution of higher education.

The IIE has conducted a statistical survey of international students in the U.S. since 1949, and with the backing of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. But the IEE didn’t begin conducting a survey on American students studying abroad until 1985.

For more information on the study, visit www.iie.org.

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