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Overseas Study Program Ranked Second, Sixth in National Poll

Published: Dec 02, 2013

Taylor University has received high national rankings for its overseas study program from Open Doors, a publication of the Institute of International Education (IIE) in association with the U.S. State Department.

Taylor was recognized in two Open Doors categories: Leading Institutions by Short-Term Duration of Study Abroad and Institutional Type, which ranked Taylor University second; and Institutions by Total Number of Study Abroad Students: Top 40 Baccalaureate Institutions, which ranked Taylor sixth.

Taylor students study and serve abroad in two dozen countries that include Australia, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador and Israel, with the highest number of students traveling to Ireland, the Bahamas and South Korea.

The rankings come on the heels of Taylor’s seventh consecutive number one ranking as a Midwest University by U.S. News & World Report. Taylor was also highly ranked by Forbes.com, The Princeton Review, and Washington Monthly.

“The increasing connectivity of countries and cultures mandates that today’s graduates have not just one, but multiple, intercultural experiences,” said Dr. Chris Bennett, Taylor’s Dean of International Programs. “The newest rankings by Open Doors and the Institute for International Education affirm that our programs remain relevant and that our graduates are prepared to live, work, and serve around the world."

The 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange reports the number of U.S. students who studied abroad for academic credit increased by three percent to 283,332 students in 2011/12, an all-time high.

“The careers of all of our students will be global ones, in which they will need to function effectively in multi-national teams. They will need to understand the cultural differences and historical experiences that divide us, as well as the common values and humanity that unite us,” noted IIE’s President Dr. Goodman. “International students coming to study in the U.S. benefit from access to some of the finest professors and research laboratories in the world, and Americans benefit substantially from the presence of international students who bring their own unique perspectives and knowledge to the classroom and the wider community.”

The Open Doors Report is published by the Institute of International Education, an independent not-for-profit organization with a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.

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.