UF Ranks 11th in Study Abroad and 23rd in Hosting International Students

At the kick-off of an eventful International Education Week, the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) announced that according to the Open Doors report released today, the University of Florida ranked 11th in the category of U.S. Study Abroad, an increase of 6% compared to last year, and 23rd as hosting institution of International Students.

U.S. Students Studying Abroad

Open Doors reported that 313,415 American students received academic credit last year for study abroad in 2014/15, an increase of 2.9%. Study abroad by American students has more than tripled. The number of UF students who studied abroad in academic year 2014/15 was 2,286.

Although the total number nationwide is at an all-time high, it is still the case that only about 10 percent of all U.S. undergraduate students (including community college students) will study abroad by the time they graduate. The UF International Center Study Abroad Services (SAS) provides high-impact global learning experiences for students to develop global competencies within the context of their discipline in another country. UF has offered study abroad programs for over 40 years.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative to foster global understanding and respect for diversity. UFIC is committed to increasing Study Abroad opportunities for all students to engage in coursework, service learning, internships, and research abroad through student exchanges faculty-led (UF Sponsored) and third-party provider program,” said Dr. Angela Miller, Director of Study Abroad Services.

International Students in the United States and UF

The 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange also found that the number of international students enrolled in U.S. higher education increased by 7.1 percent to 1,043,839 students in 2015/16, with 69,000 more students than the prior year at colleges and universities across the United States.

UF hosts over 6,500 international students from 140 countries, of which approximately 1,500 are new every year.  UF is also the institution with the highest number of foreign students in the State of Florida, followed by University of South Florida (Tampa) and Florida International University. The top five countries of origin of UF international students are China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil.

The University of Florida has maintained its Top 25 status nationwide for several years.  International students now represent just over five percent of the more than 20 million students enrolled in U.S. higher education, up from around four percent in previous years. This increase is due to both the growing numbers of international students and a small decline in the number of American students enrolled in U.S. higher education.

The Open Doors® report is published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. To access the Open Doors data portal see:  http://www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data

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