Wake Forest University ranks seventh among doctoral U.S. colleges and universities in the percentage of students studying abroad, according to the Open Doors report published today by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
According to the IIE’s methodology, 63 percent of Wake Forest undergraduates received credit for study abroad in the 2015-2016 academic year, a two percent increase over the previous year. Students spent anywhere from a few weeks to a summer to a full academic year studying in countries around the world. Wake Forest has been in the top 10 for the better part of two decades.
The University offers more than 400 semester, summer and year-long study abroad programs in 200 cities in more than 70 countries worldwide. In fall 2017, Wake Forest launched a new year-long study abroad program in Copenhagen, Denmark, for first-year students.
“Wake Forest has a rich heritage of international engagement, and study abroad remains central to our goal of preparing students to live and work in today's global community.” David Taylor, assistant dean for Global Study Away
“Through study abroad, our students are developing global mindsets that reflect intercultural curiosity, understanding and empathy, and the impact they can have on the greater good in the world,” said Taylor.
The report shows that 325,339 American students received academic credit last year at the home campus for study abroad in 2015/2016, an increase of four percent from the previous year. The top host destinations for U.S. students studying abroad in 2015/16 were the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, and Germany. Twenty-five percent of all students who studied abroad were majoring in STEM fields at their home institution, a number which has been growing faster than the average, followed by business and social sciences.
Open Doors is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which has conducted an annual statistical survey on international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.