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UW-Eau Claire ranks high in number of students studying abroad

RELEASED: Nov. 20, 2009

UW-Eau Claire students in Delphi, Greece
UW-Eau Claire students in Delphi, Greece.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire sends more students abroad than any other master's-level university in Wisconsin, according to the 2009 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

UW-Eau Claire ranks ninth nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who participate in mid-length (quarter- or semester-long) study abroad programs, and it ranks 25th nationally among all master's-level schools in overall numbers of students who study abroad, according to the Open Doors Report that was released this week.

"Our students regularly look for opportunities to learn about other countries and cultures," said Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education. "They understand that meaningful international experiences will help them prepare to live and work in a more global society."

UW-Eau Claire had a total of 479 students studying abroad during the 2007-08 academic year; 318 of those students participated in mid-length programs, according to the Open Doors Report.

UW-Eau Claire has had a long-standing commitment to place students in countries for longer periods of time, ensuring students have more opportunities to understand a country's people and culture, Markgraf said.

"Our students establish lifelong connections with people they meet while studying abroad, and these relationships often continue well into the future," Markgraf said. "Students who spend months living and studying in a region also develop an understanding of the culture. That cultural understanding and the relationships they make are what makes the experience so meaningful."

The university currently offers study abroad programs in nearly 30 countries throughout the world, Markgraf said.

"The quality and diversity of our international programs is very appealing," Markgraf said, noting that the university as a whole values international experiences.

For more information about the 2009 Open Doors Report or UW-Eau Claire's international programs, contact Karl Markgraf at 715-836-4411 or markgraf@uwec.edu.

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