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Overseas Study at IU Bloomington again ranks among the nation's top 10

November 11, 2013

Indiana University Bloomington now ranks fifth nationwide among more than 1,000 U.S. universities in overall number of students studying abroad, according to the latest Open Doors report released today by the Institute for International Education.

Kathleen Sideli, associate vice president for the Office of Overseas Study, attributes IU’s impressive numbers to the widespread support study abroad receives across the university. The upper administration, faculty, academic advisors and staff strongly encourage students to study abroad and also facilitate the experience for them through providing special scholarships and integrating their credit into their degree requirements. Many of the top ranked institutions experienced declines in study abroad enrollments, making IUB’s 5% increase notable. Sideli is pleased that one in four undergraduate students on the Bloomington campus has had an international study experience before graduation and is working with campus officials to increase that percentage in the coming years. President McRobbie and the IU Foundation launched a study abroad scholarship initiative that should make it more affordable for more students to study abroad.

"IU has a long history of sending students abroad as an integral part of their IU education but it is exciting to see students across so many different majors now taking advantage of discipline-specific programs relevant to their academic interests and future careers”  Sideli said. "And they are also venturing to different locations around the world much more than a few years ago." 

Sideli noted that IU is strongly ranked across all three duration periods -- #9 for semester students, #10 for summer/short-term programs and #13 for academic year students which indicates a balanced distribution of students across programs of different lengths.

The Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States, has conducted an annual statistical survey of campuses regarding 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.

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The Open Doors 2013 report is available at

Office of Overseas Study
Leo R. Dowling International Center
111 South Jordan Avenue
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7709

Ph: 812-855-9304 
Fax: 812-855-6452

I gained an enhanced view of the world. I was forced to look at American problems from an international perspective.”

-Kyra Busch, IU Overseas Study Participant, Thailand