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UW-Eau Claire Continues to Send
Large Numbers of Students Abroad
MAILED: Nov. 21, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire sent more students abroad during the 1999-2000 academic year than any other master's level institution in Wisconsin, according to the recently released 2001 Open Doors report of the Institute of International Education.
With 333 students studying abroad during the 1999-2000 academic year, UW-Eau Claire was first in the state and 16th nationwide among similar institutions in the number of students studying abroad, the report states.
"The report confirms that UW-Eau Claire is a state and national leader when it comes to providing students with international experiences," said Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education.
Nationwide, the number of students studying abroad during the 1999-2000 academic year jumped nearly 11 percent from the previous year, reaching a record of 143,590, the Open Doors report states. During the last five years, the number of U.S. students who studied abroad for academic credit has increased 61 percent.
UW-Eau Claire's numbers have climbed as the university has added international programs and done a better job of helping students understand the value of an international experience, Markgraf said. The university sent 365 students abroad during the 2000-01 academic year, and expects 402 students to study abroad during the 2001-02 academic year.
"We offer exceptional international programs at costs that students can afford," Markgraf said. "In terms of their future preparedness for an increasingly global and competitive employment market, many students realize that they must take advantage of these kinds of opportunities. Our students recognize the value of understanding the world beyond the borders of the United States."
Particularly noteworthy is the fact that not a single UW-Eau Claire student returned early from a study abroad program this year because of the Sept. 11 tragedy, Markgraf said.
"Our international programs help build connections with people in other parts of the world," Markgraf said. "And those connections - which lead to an understanding and knowledge of other cultures and societies - are even more important today than they were before Sept. 11. By continuing with their international programs, our students are doing their part to ensure that the terrorists do not succeed in their efforts to isolate Americans."
UW-Eau Claire students can choose from 23 international study programs in 13 countries, including Costa Rica, France, Germany, Latvia, Spain, Australia, Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, England, Ireland and Scotland.
The New York City-based Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States, publishes the Open Doors report each year.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 21, 2001