ATHENS, Ohio (June 13, 2005) -- The total number of Ohio University students who have studied outside the United States has increased from 751 in the 2002-03 academic year to 903 in the 2003-04 academic year, which is a 20 percent increase.
"We are just thrilled that student participation has risen 20 percent," said Director of the Office of Education Abroad Connie Perdreau. "That is a phenomenal gain."
The national yearly average of study abroad growth is 4 percent, which Ohio University has far surpassed. In fact, Ohio University has the fastest growing education abroad programs out of Ohio's public schools.
Ohio University students study abroad in all parts of the world, which is also unusual for other schools. While many students choose to visit Western Europe, many go to Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Additionally, the university sends a diverse group of majors abroad. Students from every college, from Engineering to Fine Arts, take advantage of these programs.
The federal government has set a national study abroad goal to have the same number of international students coming in to the United States to study as American students going to study overseas.
With approximately 900 international students at Ohio University and 900 students abroad, the university has met this goal.
"The fact that Ohio University has met this goal is excellent," Perdreau said. "It is also rare - not many institutions have achieved this equilibrium. Studying abroad is becoming a bigger part of undergraduate education."
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