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UW-Eau Claire Continues to Send More Students Abroad Than Other Wisconsin Colleges and Universities

RELEASED: Nov. 27, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire sends more students abroad than any other master's level institution in Wisconsin and it ranks 14th nationally among all master's schools in the number of students who study abroad, according to the 2006 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

"Our students are continuing to recognize the value of having a quality international experience during their undergraduate years," said Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education at UW-Eau Claire. "Nearly a quarter of our undergraduate students study abroad. An international experience has become an integral component of our students' liberal arts education."

The 2006 Open Doors Report indicates that 440 UW-Eau Claire students studied abroad during the 2004-05 academic year.

"Our reputation for offering exceptional study abroad programs is why some students choose to attend to UW-Eau Claire," Markgraf said. "The quality and diversity of our study abroad programs is very appealing to students who understand the importance of an international experience."

The university currently offers study abroad programs in nearly 30 countries throughout the world, Markgraf said, noting that Open Doors Report found that during the past decade, the number of U.S. students studying abroad has more than doubled.

Markgraf said his office also has found that more students are studying abroad earlier in their college careers. Historically, most UW-Eau Claire students studied abroad during their junior or senior year. But in recent years, nearly 40 percent of the students going abroad are sophomores who applied during their freshman year, he said.

An increasing number of UW-Eau Claire students also participate in more than one international program, Markgraf said, noting that every year five to 10 students enroll in a second or more study abroad program. Students interested in a particular language may spend multiple semesters in one region but in different countries, he said, while others opt to study in different parts of the world to gain new knowledge and experiences.

UW-Eau Claire's long-standing commitment to placing students in countries for months rather than weeks also continues to set it apart from programs at many institutions, Markgraf said. The Open Doors report's "duration of study abroad" information indicates that nationally 56 percent of students spend less than a semester abroad, 38 percent study abroad for a semester, and 6 percent go abroad for a year. At UW-Eau Claire, 27 percent of the students studying abroad went for less than one semester, 72 percent went for a semester, and 1 percent went for the full year.

"Our programs allow students to live in countries long enough to learn about the country and culture," Markgraf said. "We integrate students into the local culture so they leave with a much deeper understanding of it."

For more information about the 2006 Open Doors Report or UW-Eau Claire's international programs, contact Markgraf at 715-836-4411 or markgraf@uwec.edu.

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