High Percentage of W&M Students Study Abroad

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Participants in the W&M Summer 2012 Cadiz, Spain program enjoy the view together. Photo by Michelle Pillepich ’14

Students at The College of William & Mary have seen more of the world than most by the time they don a cap and gown.

By graduation, 38.1 percent of W&M undergraduates have participated in study abroad programs, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors 2012 Report on International Educational Exchange, which was released Monday.

That percentage is the second-highest among public, doctorate institutions in the report, surpassed only by Miami University in Ohio at 40.9 percent. W&M is joined on the list by the University of Virginia, where 30.4 percent of undergrads study abroad.

The institutions with the highest study abroad participation rates are private: University of San Diego, with 86.8 percent; Pepperdine University, with 75.9 percent; and Wake Forest University, with 72.3 percent.

The Open Doors report is published annually by the IIE with funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The numbers contained in the 2012 report reflect study abroad conducted in the 2010-11 academic year.

“Today’s report from the Institute for International Education once again reaffirms William & Mary’s leading national role in the promotion of study abroad,” said Stephen E. Hanson, vice provost for international affairs and director of the Reves Center for International Studies. “I expect that the percentage of undergraduates at our university who study overseas before graduation will only continue to rise in the years to come.”