University continues to be leader in study abroad participation

UW-Eau Claire students study abroad — SpainUW-Eau Claire continues to be a leader in sending students abroad, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad for midlength study abroad experiences than any other master’s-level university in Wisconsin, according to the report.

With 255 students participating in midlength study abroad programs in 2011-12 (the academic year data used in the 2013 report), UW-Eau Claire ranks 14th nationally among all master’s-level schools in the number of students who participate in quarterlong or semesterlong study-abroad programs, according to the Open Doors Report. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school — public or private — included on the top-20 list of master’s-level schools that send students on midlength programs.

The Open Doors Report also ranks UW-Eau Claire 35th nationally among all master’s-level schools in overall numbers of students who study abroad, with 415 students studying abroad during the 2011-12 academic year.

“UW-Eau Claire students have long recognized that studying abroad can help them better understand the world’s economies, politics and cultures,” said Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire’s Center for International Education. “Our students understand that they need to be globally aware and comfortable in other cultures given the increasingly interconnected world in which they will live and work.”

UW-Eau Claire currently has 51 study abroad programs in 27 countries, as well as three programs that either send students to multiple countries or send them to different destinations depending on student interests or the timing of their enrollment.