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

November 17, 2014

Indiana University Bloomington ranks tenth 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. IUB has ranked in the top 10 for the past four years and in the top 20 for the past two decades.

“It is exciting to see students from a wider variety of majors than ever participate in study abroad programs,” said Kathleen Sideli, associate vice president for overseas study. “They represent disciplines as diverse as electronic music composition, athletic healthcare, arts management, sustainability, microfinance, and informatics. Students across every IU school now have access to innovative discipline-specific programs that ensure they will gain an international perspective in their areas of study. One quarter of IU undergraduates leave IU having had at least one international credit-bearing experience.”   President McRobbie and the IU Foundation launched a study abroad scholarship initiative that should make it more affordable for more students across all IU campuses to study abroad.

"IU has a long history of sending students abroad as an integral part of their IU education” 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 -- #8 for semester students, #11 for academic year students and #15 for summer/short-term programs 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.

The Open Doors 2014 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