Press Release for Thursday, January 29, 2015
UNF Listed in National Rankings for Study Abroad Participation
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
The University of North Florida ranked No. 11 nationally on the list of “Leading Institutions by Duration and Institutional Type” for short-term study abroad programs and No. 27 nationwide on the list of “Leading Institutions by Institutional Type” (Carnegie classification of Master’s Institutions), according to the Institute of International Education’s 2014 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.
UNF was the only Florida state university in the Master’s Carnegie classification that was listed in the Open Doors report. The University awarded credit to 506 students who studied abroad in the 2012-13 academic year. A total of 932 institutions across the country participated in the report.
“I am pleased that UNF is again ranked nationally in the Open Doors report. It shows the interest of our students in being internationally engaged and of our faculty wanting to make the real world part of their classrooms,” said Dr. Tim Robinson, UNF International Center director. “Our ranking also provides evidence of the positive effects of our scholarships helping students going abroad to study.”
This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2015 Best Value Public College, the 2015 Best Online College by the Affordable Colleges Foundation, Best Regional University, 2015 Best Online Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Program, all by U.S. News& World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review, Best College by College Factual and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database, to name a few.
The annual report on international student mobility indicates that the total number of U.S. students receiving credit for study abroad increased by 2.1 percent to 289,408 students in 2012-13. Short-term study abroad programs are defined as for either the summer or eight weeks or less. The Open Doors report is published by IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
“International experience is one of the most important components of a 21st century education, and study abroad should be viewed as an essential element of a college degree,” said Dr. Allan E. Goodman, IIE president. “Learning how to study and work with people from other countries and cultures also prepares future leaders to contribute to making the world a less dangerous place.”
Two notable scholarship programs at UNF provide support for study abroad: Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLOs), which provide funding for academic programs that significantly enhance student earning, and Student Affairs International Learning Scholarships (SAILS), which individual students can apply to for support for semester or summer programs abroad.
Data provided by the Institute of International Education’s 2014 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange can be found at http://www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.