UNC in top 25 for study abroad in 2014-15

fall_scene_2015-1024x683The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 19th among all U.S. higher education institutions for the number of students earning credit for study abroad, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.

This is UNC-Chapel Hill’s second ranking on the Open Doors’ top 25 list, which is based on the total number of a higher education institution’s students who study abroad. Open Doors found that the overall number of U.S. students studying abroad increased by 2.9 percent to 313,415 over the previous year. More than 2,000 Carolina undergraduate, graduate and professional students studied abroad in 2014-15.

“Rankings such as this are a reflection of the high interest in global education among UNC-Chapel Hill students and of the University’s efforts to expand the opportunities and range of students who participate in academic study abroad. We especially appreciate the generosity of donors who fund scholarships for students to study abroad as part of our Opening Access initiative,” said Ronald Strauss, executive vice provost and chief international officer.