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Overseas Study Program Ranked 2nd, 3rd, 9th in National Poll

  • Published: Feb 6, 2015 10:00AM

Taylor University's overseas study program has been ranked second, third and ninth in national categories of Open Doors, a publication of the Institute of International Education (IIE) in association with the U.S. State Department.

The survey, which compared Taylor’s overseas study program with other baccalaureate schools throughout the country, ranked Taylor second for the number of students who participate in short term duration trips, third for the percentage of students participating in overseas/international study and service trips, and ninth for the overall number of students taking advantage of overseas study opportunities.

According to Taylor officials, the ninth place ranking for the overall number of students who travel and study abroad is significant because it compares Taylor with other baccalaureate schools with larger student bodies. Taylor students study and serve abroad in more than 20 countries that include Australia, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador and Israel, with the highest number of students traveling to Ireland, the Bahamas and South Korea.

Open Doors, supported by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.

The rankings come on the heels of Taylor’s 8th 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 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.