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Wofford Ranks 3rd Nationally in Study-Abroad Participation Percentage

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford College ranked third among leading baccalaureate institutions in the U.S. in the percentage of students receiving credit for study abroad for the second consecutive year, according to “Open Doors 2002,” an annual report published by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Wofford College is the only South Carolina institution ranked in any of the report’s categories; no other colleges or universities from South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia were included in the baccalaureate category. Wofford also is one of only four institutions in the report to have more than a 100 percent participation ratio.

The estimate of the participation in study-abroad is made by examining the number of students studying abroad in a given year as a percentage of degree completions. Using the formula, Wofford’s percentage was 110.3, according to the report released this month for the 2000-01 academic year. Wofford consistently has ranked among the top 10 colleges and universities in the percentage of students studying abroad, ranking third in last year’s report and eighth the year before.

According to the report, the number of college students receiving credit for study abroad increased 7.4 percent. Wofford saw a 6.1 percent increase.

“Studies abroad” programs at Wofford College range from a full year at universities in Europe, Latin America and Asia to travel-study seminars and independent research during Wofford’s January Interim term.

“Dr. Aná Maria Wiseman, assistant dean of the college and director of study-abroad programs at Wofford, has made foreign study at Wofford more than just exotic travel,” says President Benjamin B. Dunlap. “Our students integrate their experiences around the globe with the broader understanding of the world fostered by a liberal arts curriculum. Understanding our world is essential, and these programs open the doors to understanding.”

Wiseman also is associate professor of foreign languages, and in 1999 received the Professional Development Award from the Institute for the International Education of Students for her work in the study-abroad field.

Here is the complete list of the top 10 bachelor’s degree institutions, in order of ranking:

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s, St. Joseph, Minn. (657 study-abroad students, 141 percent participation)

Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio. (131 students, 131 percent)

Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC. (279 students, 110.3 percent)

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich. (317 students, 106 percent)

Saint Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. (660 students, 98.5 percent)

Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. (219 students, 98.2 percent)

Austin College, Sherman, Tex. (345 students, 98 percent)

DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind. (491 students, 97 percent)

Principa College, Elsah, Ill. (112 students, 92.6 percent)

Centre College, Danville, Ky. (202 Students, 85.6 percent)

Wofford is affiliated with several study-abroad consortia, including the Institute for the International Education of Students and the Council on International Educational Exchange. Students are offered study in Europe, Australia, Asia, Latin America, and Canada.

“The curriculum offered to Wofford students while in foreign residence is as varied as the curriculum to which they have access at Wofford,” Wiseman says. “Students may follow courses of study in art, architecture, economics, history and political science. At the same time, they can further their major in a chosen foreign language. What’s wonderful about Wofford’s study-abroad program is that financial aid assistance can be applied to foreign study fees. This gives our students the flexibility to study abroad and to extend their time studying in another country should they desire.”