UGA ranks second in the nation for the number of students in short-term study abroad programs

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia ranks second in the nation for the number of students participating in short-term study abroad programs as reported in the Institute of International Education Open Doors Report 2004.

Second only to Michigan State University in such study abroad programs, UGA sent 1,125 students on short-term study abroad programs in 2004. That figure represents 79 percent of the total number of UGA students studying abroad.

“I am truly excited with the ever-increasing interest exhibited by our students in study abroad opportunities,” said President Michael F. Adams. “Such experience is becoming essential for success today in our global economy. This latest achievement is yet another indicator of the excellence in place at UGA.”

The Office of International Education and the Office of International Affairs at UGA offer support to both the students participating in the study abroad and exchange programs and the faculty members who lead them.

“The high ranking of UGA reflects the fact we are accomplishing our goal,” said Judith Shaw, interim associate provost for the Office of International Affairs. “As a part of our strategic plan, we aim to send 25 percent of graduating seniors abroad by 2010.” Currently 18 percent of all graduating seniors at UGA study abroad.

For more information about the rankings for international education, visit the Open Doors section of the IIE Web site at http://opendoors.iienetwork.org.