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American University Among Top Doctoral Institutions for Study Abroad

By Maralee Csellar

American University is one of the top doctoral institutions across the United States in terms of the number of students studying abroad, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2008 Open Doors report released Monday, November 17. The 2008 Open Doors report is based on numbers from the 2006–2007 academic year.

During 2006–2007, 803 AU students studied abroad, landing AU at number 7 among the top 40 doctoral institutions for the most undergraduates studying abroad.  AU is also 18th and 19th among the top 20 doctoral institutions ranked for long-term and mid-length duration study abroad, respectively. Eighty AU students participated in study abroad programs for an academic or calendar year (long-term), and 629 AU students studied abroad for a full semester (mid-length).

“Participation in study abroad by AU students has continued to increase at rates above the national average just as it has done for the past five years,” said the Director of AU Abroad, Sara Dumont. “This is a testament not only to the academic breadth and quality of our programs, but also to the fact that studying abroad is now considered an integral component of an AU education.”

According to the Open Doors report, the number of Americans studying abroad has increased more than 150 percent during the past decade.  U.S. student participation in study abroad was up 8 percent in 2006–2007 from the previous year, equaling a record total of 241,791.  AU Abroad, American University’s study abroad program, offers more than 100 programs in more than 30 countries around the world.