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UW-Eau Claire ranks high in Open Doors
study abroad report

RELEASED: Nov. 19, 2010

UW-Eau Claire offers study-abroad programs in nearly 50 countries. Learn more.
Students Bryce Bielec and Justin Holman in Australia
Above, UW-Eau Claire students Justin Holman and Bryce Bielec visited the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary while studying abroad in Australia. At right, Steve Chagdes visited the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain, during his semester abroad in that country. UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad for mid-length study abroad experiences than any other master's-level university in Wisconsin, according to the 2010 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education. (Contributed photos) Steve Chagdes in Segovia, Spain

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire sends more students abroad for mid-length study abroad experiences than any other master's-level university in Wisconsin, according to the 2010 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

UW-Eau Claire ranks sixth nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who participate in mid-length (quarter- or semesterlong) study abroad programs, according to the Open Doors Report, which was released this week. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school — public or private — on the top-20 list of master's-level schools that send students on mid-length programs.

The report uses 2008-09 data to make its rankings, said Dr. Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education, noting that 299 students who studied abroad that year participated in mid-length programs.

"Our students understand that meaningful international experiences will help them prepare to live and work in a more global society," Markgraf said. "Many students choose mid-length study abroad experiences because it gives them time to get to know a region and to build relationships with people who live there, while also keeping them on track to graduate in a timely manner."

The Open Doors Report also ranked UW-Eau Claire 34th nationally among all master's-level schools in overall numbers of students who study abroad.

UW-Eau Claire had a total of 392 students studying abroad during the 2008-09 academic year, down from the 479 students who participated in study abroad during 2007-08, according to the Open Doors Report.

"The newest data reflect the academic year 2008-09, and for that year the data show a slight national decline — echoed here at UW-Eau Claire — in numbers of U.S. students participating in study abroad," Markgraf said. "Most indicators suggest a relationship between the recession in the United States and the decline in study abroad numbers."

The number of UW-Eau Claire students studying abroad has gone back up since 2008-09, Markgraf said. During 2009-10, 441 UW-Eau Claire students studied abroad, he said, noting that he anticipates an even greater increase in the number of students studying abroad during the 2010-11 academic year.

UW-Eau Claire currently offers study abroad programs in nearly 30 countries throughout the world, Markgraf said.

"Trends also show an increase in the diversity of destinations U.S. students are seeking out, and UW-Eau Claire students are following that trend," Markgraf said. "We are seeing students going to a wider array of study abroad sites than before. For the current year, largely as a result of our new International Fellows Program, we are seeing students and faculty engage in research, service and creative arts programs in places we have never sent students before."

The IFP sends students, in partnership with faculty and staff mentors, on research, service or creative arts experiences abroad for intense three-week international learning experiences, Markgraf said.

For more information about the 2010 Open Doors Report or UW-Eau Claire's international programs, contact Dr. Karl Markgraf at 715-836-4411 or markgraf@uwec.edu.

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