Choosing a college is a huge decision. You have to consider locations, majors, job opportunities, and dozens of other factors.
Which is the most important to you?
For some students, study abroad opportunities can be the deciding factor. International experience and foreign-language competency are becoming must-haves in the workplace. Seventy-three percent of employers cite study abroad as important when evaluating resumes.
If international study opportunities are important to you, check out the infographic below. We’ve outlined the top states, colleges, and programs for studying abroad.
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Study Abroad, Step 1: The Best States, Schools, and Programs for Going Abroad
Most students don’t think about study abroad when choosing a college, but international opportunities differ greatly between universities. Before you decide where to study, find out which states, colleges, and programs are best for going abroad.
Which States Have the Most Students Studying Abroad?
Study abroad numbers are highly correlated with each state’s population and number of undergraduate students. Each of the six states with the most study abroad students are also in the top ten of total student population.
Massachusetts is the biggest overachiever. The Bay State ranks 10th in student population and 4th in study abroad students.
Which States Have the Highest Percentage of Students Studying Abroad?
The states with the highest percentage of students studying abroad are mostly small, northeastern states. Massachusetts overachieved in raw numbers because its students study abroad at the 5th highest rate.
Which Universities Have the Most Students Studying Abroad?
Top Institutions Awarding Credit for Study Abroad, Ranked by Student Total
Aside from NYU, this list is dominated by very large, public universities. But small schools have great study abroad programs too. To find them, let’s look at the schools that send the highest percentage of their students abroad.
Which Universities Have the Highest Percentage of Students Studying Abroad?
Institutions by Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad: Top Doctorate-Granting Institutions
Surprisingly, this list has no overlap with the previous list of schools. NYU was the closest to making it with 45.5% of its students studying abroad.
Top Study Abroad Providers by Student Ratings
Most universities work with study abroad providers to offer their students more options. Check to see if your school supports studying abroad with these highly-rated programs.
Thanks to Go Overseas for providing their student ratings.
Give yourself the best chance to study abroad by applying to large universities that send thousands of students abroad or to smaller schools where a high percentage of students study abroad.
When choosing a school, look at the details of its study abroad programs. Make sure that the school has a program in the country where you want to study. Once you’re accepted into a study abroad program, you’ll need to pay for it. Research scholarship opportunities as early as possible to make sure that you can afford the program of your dreams.
Please share your study abroad experiences and plans in the comments.