Taylor University Recognized for Overseas Study Program, Economic Impact of International Students

By Jim Garringer Published: Nov 18, 2011

Photograph by Jeff Neiman

Two recently-released studies have recognized Taylor University for the number of students they send to learn and serve in international settings, and the economic impact of international students who travel to Upland to study.
For the sixth consecutive year, Taylor University has received high national rankings in Open Doors, the annual report on student mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in association with the U.S. Department of State.
Taylor also received mention in a report published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, which measured the economic impact of international students on the host economy.
Open Doors recognized Taylor for:
Total Participants: #6 (455)
Short-Term Duration Participants: #3 (361)
Participation Percentage of Grads: #7 (92.5%)

Taylor students study and serve abroad in two dozen countries that include Australia, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ireland and Israel.  
According to NAFSA, the economic impact data is a “conservative figure based on tuition figures from Wintergreen Orchard House, enrollment figures from the Institute of International Education's Open Doors 2011 report, living expenses calculated from Wintergreen Orchard House figures, and analysis of the data by Jason Baumgartner at Indiana University – Bloomington’s Office of International Services.”
NAFSA estimated that foreign students and their dependents contributed approximately $20.23 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2010-2011 academic year.  In Congressional District: 05, NAFSA reports Taylor’s 76 international students and families contributed more than $2.7 million – more than half of the district’s $4.8 million total.
Open Doors also reported the number of international students in the U.S. during the 2010-11 academic year increased to a record high of 723,277 students, a 32% increase since 2000/01.
“It is especially gratifying to see increasing numbers of students from around the world choosing Taylor University,” said Dr. Chris Bennett, Dean of International Programs at Taylor. “Taylor University is pursuing a policy of comprehensive internationalization of the education experience. We are now seeing the fruit of many years of strategic planning and dedicated effort. We have long believed this enhances not only the learning opportunities for our students and also allows them to experience what the global community is like prior to graduation.”
These are the latest rankings for Taylor, which recently was named the number one Midwest University by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth straight year. Taylor was also named the nation’s number four Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly and was recognized by Forbes and the Princeton Review.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) has conducted an annual census of international students in the U.S. since its founding in 1919. Known as the Open Doors Report since 1954, the project has received support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State since 1972. For more data and information, visit: http://www.iie.org/opendoors.