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Press Release for Tuesday, December 3, 2013

UNF Listed in National Rankings for Study Abroad Participation

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida ranked No. 10 nationally on the list of “Leading Institutions by Duration and Institutional Type” for short-term study abroad programs and No. 19 nationwide on the list of “Leading Institutions by Institutional Type,” according to the Institute of International Education, which releases an annual report on international student mobility.

IIE’s 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange recently reported that the total number of U.S. students receiving credit for study abroad increased by three percent to an all-time high of more than 283,000 students in the 2011-12 academic year. The Open Doors report is published by IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“The careers of all of our students will be global ones, in which they will need to function effectively in multi-national teams. They will need to understand the cultural differences and historical experiences that divide us, as well as the common values and humanity that unite us,” said IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan Goodman.

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 550 students who studied abroad in the 2011-12 academic year. There were 316 master’s institutions under the Carnegie classification that reported study abroad numbers. A total of 881 institutions nationwide participated in the study.

“It’s very gratifying to see UNF included in the annual Open Doors report,” said Dr. Tim Robinson, UNF International Center director. “The University has been listed in these two categories each in the past seven years. This is important recognition of the work done by our faculty and Colleges in providing international opportunities to our students.”

Two notable scholarship programs at UNF provide support for study abroad: Transformational Learning Opportunities, which provide funding for academic programs that significantly enhance student earning, and Student Affairs International Learning Scholarships, designed to support students for semester or summer programs abroad.

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including Online Colleges in Florida That Win on Affordability by AC Online, Best Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database.

For more information on the Open Doors Report, visit

The Open Doors Report is published by the Institute of International Education, an independent not-for-profit organization with a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and more than 1,200 member institutions. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.

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.