UW-Eau Claire continues to be leader in study abroad

| Judy Berthiaume

When it comes to sending students to study abroad, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is continuing to be a national leader among master’s-level colleges and universities, according to the 2015 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

With 490 Blugolds studying abroad, UW-Eau Claire ranks 27th nationally among public and private master’s-level schools in the overall number of students it sends abroad. It’s the only school in Wisconsin among the top 30 institutions; one private school in Minnesota also is on the list.

UW-Eau Claire ranks even higher in the list of master’s-level institutions that participate in midlength (semester or longer) study-abroad programs. With 235 Blugolds participating in midlength programs, UW-Eau Claire ranks 19th nationally. It’s the only institution in Minnesota or Wisconsin to make the list of the top-20 schools.

"Blugolds understand the value of being immersed in other parts of the world," said Cheryl Lochner-Wright, a study abroad coordinator in UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education. "They know studying abroad will help them gain the knowledge and experiences they need to succeed in today’s increasingly global workforce."

The most current rankings are based on 2013-14 figures.

The 2015 Open Doors Report was released this week, the start of International Education Week. 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.