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Globe-trotting students make Loyola a nationally ranked study abroad school

November 22, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans is among the top universities in the nation for its study abroad participation, according to a report released by the Institute of International Education this month. Loyola is ranked among the top 40 master’s institutions in the nation for undergraduate participation in study abroad programs with 35.3 percent of its undergraduate students studying abroad.

The report said the number of U.S. students who studied abroad increased by 3.4 percent nationwide to more than 283,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year, the latest data available. In fact, study abroad by American students has more than tripled over the past two decades, from approximately 71,000 students in the 1991-1992 academic year to the record number in 2011-2012, according to the report.

“At Loyola, our students tend to go to non-traditional locations more than at other schools because of the international focus here and the fact that our students' interests really span the globe. Our new programs outside of western Europe in Brazil, Korea and Ecuador reflect that interest,” said Debbie Danna, J.D. '87, director of Loyola’s Center for International Education.

For example, among Loyola students who studied abroad during the semester in the 2012-2013 academic year, 36 percent studied abroad in non-traditional locations—those locales outside of western Europe and Australia. That percentage is expected to increase this academic year with an anticipated 48 percent of students planning to study abroad in non-traditional countries during the semester.

Last semester, Loyola senior Beth Cook studied abroad in Arica—a small town in the most northern corner of Chile. “Being in a small, less traveled town, I really had the ability to get to know Arica and it quickly became a home to me,” she said. “As part of the traditional medicine element of my program, we had the opportunity to learn from health leaders of two of the indigenous communities in Chile, the Mapuche and the Aymara.”

Loyola students are currently studying abroad in non-traditional places such as Malaysia and South Africa. Students are also planning to study abroad in Brazil, Botswana and Ecuador next semester. One student is even planning to study marine biology in Fiji.

The annual Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education is published in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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