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

| Julie Poquette

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 2016 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

With 471 students studying abroad, UW-Eau Claire ranks 29th nationally among public and private master’s-level schools in the overall number of students it sends abroad. It is the only master’s-level school in Wisconsin or Minnesota among the top 40 institutions in its category.

"Study abroad has a deep history at UW-Eau Claire, with the first documented students studying abroad in 1965," said Colleen Marchwick, interim lead in the university's Center for International Education. "We are thrilled to be recognized as a national leader in study abroad as we continue the tradition of offering our UW-Eau Claire students high-quality international experiences that challenge them to grow personally, academically and culturally."

Study abroad allows students to build critical skills needed in the 21st century economy: a global mindset, interpersonal and relationship skills, tolerance for ambiguity and adaptability, an ability to work with people from different backgrounds, problem-solving skills and self-reliance, Marchwick said.

"The United States needs future professionals with these skills as our work and our world becomes more interconnected than ever before," she said.

The 2016 Open Doors Report was released Nov. 14, and the most current rankings are based on 2014-15 figures. UW-Eau Claire currently offers study abroad programs in nearly 30 countries at more than 40 program sites.

Photo cutline: Sumya Paung, a UW-Eau Claire senior majoring in graphic design, studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand, during the spring of 2016. (Photo by Sumya Paung)