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Taylor Overseas Study Program Ranked Second, Fifth Nationally in Poll

By Jim Garringer Published: Nov 14, 2012

Taylor University has received high national rankings for its overseas study program from Open Doors, a publication connected with the United States Department of State.

Open Doors is an annual report on student mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in association with the U.S. State Department.

Taylor was recognized for the number of students and the percentage of its student body that travel to international locations to learn and serve.

The categories that listed Taylor included:

Leading Institutions by Short-term Duration of Study Abroad and Institutional Type:

  • Taylor University #2 – 433 students: Up from #3 last year

Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad

  • Taylor University #2 – 122.2% (517/423 degrees awarded): Up from #7 last year

Total Participants:

  • Taylor University #5 – 517 students : Up from #6 last year

“We are gratified to see that Taylor University has been honored with the number two ranking nationally among baccalaureate institutions,” said Dr. Chris Bennett, Taylor’s dean of International Programs. “It reflects our commitment to and investment in fulfilling our mission to develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ's redemptive love and truth to a world in need.

“Nearly two-thirds of our recent graduates have had the opportunity to travel/live/study in cultures other than the United States while completing their degree,” Bennett continued. “These experiences enable them to see the world and its problems through different eyes.”

The rankings come on the heels of Taylor’s sixth 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.

Taylor students study and serve abroad in two dozen countries that include Australia, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ireland and Israel. 

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.