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National report ranks Dartmouth number one for percentage of students who study abroad

Posted 11/22/00

Nearly half the students at Dartmouth College participate in foreign study programs while enrolled at the school, the highest rate among U.S. doctoral-granting institutions, according to recently released data from the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The report, titled Open Doors 2000, found that 700 Dartmouth students studied abroad in academic year 1998/1999, representing a 46.8 percent participation rate.

"Dartmouth's success in the high percentage of our students participating in our off-campus programs rests with the fact that the 21 departments and programs sponsoring these offerings unanimously support their opportunites for study abroad. The programs are a vital part of Dartmouth's curriculum," said Peter Armstrong, Assistant Dean of the Faculty for Off-Campus Programs and Exchange Coordinator at Dartmouth.

In addition to being ranked number one for participation levels, Dartmouth ranked second for the total number of students in foreign study programs behind Miami University.

Dartmouth operates more than 40 study abroad programs in 18 countries. In addition to language study programs in French, German, Italian, Portugese and Spanish, the college also sponsors specialized foreign study programs in 21 different disciplines, ranging from art history to philosophy to environmental studies. Students also have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs with several foreign universities.

IIE calculates participation rates by number of study abroad students in a given year as a percentage of the total number of degrees conferred.

The Open Doors study also reports that the total number of U.S. students receiving credit for study abroad jumped 14 percent from the previous year, reaching a record total of 129,770.

The 14 percent increase in the number of Americans studying abroad who received credit in academic year 1998-99 follows two previous years of double digit growth--a 15 percent rise in 1997-98 and an 11 percent increase in the preceding year. Over the past four years the number of U.S. students studying abroad has increased over 45 percent.

"The strong increase in Americans studying abroad reflects a real commitment on the part of many U.S. campuses, as well as a growing recognition by students that they must have an international perspective if they want to be successful in the global economy," according to IIE president Allan E. Goodman.

Highlights of the Open Doors report, which is published by the Institute of International Education with support from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, are available at

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