ATHENS, Ga. – According to the newest edition of Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange, the University of Georgia is one of the leading study abroad institutions in the United States. The report, published annually by the Institute of International Education, is based on study abroad statistics from 2000-2001. During that year, 1,229 UGA students studied abroad. For the total number of study abroad students, UGA ranked 13th among all U.S. institutions that enroll more than 1,200 study abroad students and 12th among all research institutions.
“Last year the University of Georgia broke into the top twenty of American research universities in study abroad,” said Mark Lusk, associate provost for international affairs at UGA. “This year we are even closer to top ten status. This marks UGA’s presence on the global scene as an international university of stature.”
Participation in UGA study abroad programs has grown dramatically in recent years. In the 2000 and 2001 editions of Open Doors, UGA ranked 16th for the total number of study abroad students with 900 and 1,058 respectively. The report lists only the top 20 institutions in each category, and this is the first year that UGA was included among the top 20 research institutions for the percentage of students that study abroad. Participation continued to increase in 2001-2002, when 1268 students studied abroad.