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Loyola's study abroad program nationally recognized for undergraduate participation

November 18, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans’ Center for International Education has been recognized by the Institute for International Education and the U.S. Department of State as having one of the top 40 participating study abroad programs in the country.

The Open Doors 2011 Report, published annually by the IIE in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, ranked Loyola 34th for undergraduate participation in study abroad programs for those universities ranked as a Top 40 Master’s Institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

“It’s very exciting. It shows that Loyola is being recognized for its commitment to international education,” Center for International Education Director Debbie Danna said.

The 2011 report uses data compiled from the 2009-10 school year, which shows that more than 32 percent of Loyola students spent part of their academic career studying abroad. Danna expects that trend to increase as interest grows and more programs are developed.

“We are developing new programs that provide students new options,” said Danna. “For instance, I’ve talked to several people in the past two weeks from the jazz studies program who are interested in going to the Amsterdam Conservatory to study. They never came in before because they didn’t have any options. Now they do.”

According to the report, there were notable increases in U.S. students going to study in many less traditional destinations. Fifteen of the top 25 destinations were outside of Western Europe and 19 were countries where English is not a primary language. This trend comes as no surprise to Danna.

“Loyola students have always been very interested in going to non-traditional locations to get a different experience, to learn a language or to gain a new perspective on the world,” Danna said.

Allan E. Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute of International Education, agrees.

“Studying abroad enables American students to obtain first-hand experience in other countries and cultures, to prepare them as 21st century professionals and leaders in all fields. The international skills they gain are crucial to their ability to succeed in global careers and work together across borders to address important world issues,” Goodman said.

For more information on Loyola’s study abroad programs, contact Danna at 504-864-7550 or cie@loyno.edu.

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