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Press Release for Tuesday, November 20, 2018

UNF Listed in National Rankings for Study Abroad Participation

Media Contact: Amanda Dawson, PR Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

The University of North Florida ranked No. 8 nationally on the list of "Leading Institutions by Duration and Institutional Type" for short-term study abroad programs and No. 12 nationwide on the list of "Leading Institutions by Institutional Type," according to the Institute of International Education's 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.


Short-term study abroad programs are defined in two ways, either for the summer or for eight weeks and less. UNF's institutional type is a Carnegie classification of Master's Institutions.


"I am pleased that UNF continues to be nationally ranked in the Open Doors report. It shows that our University continues to develop transformational learning opportunities for our students to be internationally engaged and globally focused," said Ruth Y. Lopez, UNF Student Affairs assistant vice president.


UNF, which has students studying abroad at more than twice the national average, awarded credit to 717 students who studied abroad in the 2016-17 academic year.


Among programs contributing to study abroad participation at UNF are the Student Affairs International Learning Scholarship, which makes a direct positive impact in helping Ospreys go abroad. Over 50 percent of the University's study-abroad students come from programs within the College of Arts and Sciences and Coggin College of Business. In addition to short-term programs, Coggin College's International Business Flagship Program offers semester exchanges and international dual degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


The annual report on international student mobility indicates that the total number of U.S. students receiving credit for study abroad increased by 2.3 percent from the previous year to 332,727 Americans studying abroad for academic credit at their home institutions in 2016-17.


Data provided by the Institute of International Education's 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange can be found via the IIE website.


The Open Doors report is published by IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. IIE works to build more peaceful and equitable societies by advancing scholarship, building economies and promoting access to opportunity. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs.


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.