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UW-Eau Claire continues to be a national leader in study abroad

| Judy Berthiaume

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire continues to be a national leader among master’s-level colleges and universities when it comes to sending students to study abroad, according to the 2017 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

With 473 students studying abroad, UW-Eau Claire ranks 28th nationally among public and private master’s-level schools in the overall number of students it sends abroad.

UW-Eau Claire is the only master’s-level public university in Wisconsin among the top 40 institutions in its category.

“We frequently hear from students that they came to UW-Eau Claire because of our reputation for being a leader in study abroad,” said Cheryl Lochner-Wright, study abroad coordinator in UW-Eau Claire’s Center for International Education. “Education abroad is integrated into the academic life of our university; it’s not an add-on or after-thought.”

Blugolds have made studying abroad a priority for more than 50 years, Lochner-Wright says, noting that current students can choose from study abroad programs in nearly 30 countries around the globe.

Studying abroad helps students to grow personally, academically and culturally, Lochner-Wright says.

The problem-solving and interpersonal skills they develop while studying in another country also help prepare students to be future leaders in their professions and communities, Lochner-Wright says.

“Our students are engaging in international experiences that prepare them for a variety of careers in a globally interconnected work environment,” Lochner-Wright says.

The 2017 Open Doors Report rankings are based on 2015-16 study abroad figures.