College Students Love Study Abroad

Student's in ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in London during Summer 2017.
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Create memories, form lasting friendships, earn credit, try new food, learn a new language and see the world? All this is possible when you decide to study abroad.

“We administer programs in more than 55 countries, totaling more than 250 different programs,” stated the Study Abroad Office.

In an academic enrollment report completed during the 2012-2013 year, a number of surveys and questionnaires were completed by students who participated in study abroad. The following statistics within this article are based on this enrollment report unless otherwise stated.

During the 2008-2009 academic schoolyear 1,361 students partook in study abroad. This number increased by 465 students when 1,826 students studied abroad during the 2012-2013 year.

“Less than 3% of U.S. college students study abroad,” a statistic from the Study Abroad Office.

The largest student participation based on ethnicity is Caucasian or white making up 58% of students who study abroad, followed by Hispanic or Latino/ and Asian/Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders.

Students can decide the duration of their study abroad program by choosing a time frame that best suits them. The options for the programs include full academic year, semester, or summer programs.

Most students participate in programs that take place in the summer. 977 students took advantage of this option.

More female students decide to study abroad compared to males. Female students make up 49% of students who took advantage of this learning opportunity.

According to ASU’s Institutional Analysis, seniors who studied abroad have an average cumulative GPA of 3.43 compared to the 3.18 GPA of seniors who did not participate in study abroad.

“After completing a study abroad program, 80% of alumni noted a stronger interest in and dedication to their studies and 87% credited study abroad for their desire to purse more educational experiences,” according to the Study Abroad Office.

The top college, school or institute where most students participated in study abroad was the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with 544 students. The W.P. Carey School of Business was next, followed by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

“97% of study abroad alumni have said that it had a lasting impact on their worldview coupled with an increase in confidence,” according to the Study Abroad Office. “A recent survey notes nearly 40% of 800 U.S. companies missed out on international business opportunities in the past five years due to lack of internationally competent employees.”

ASU offers three different program types. Faculty-directed programs that are led by ASU faculty and staff, partnership programs that work with other universities and third parties around the world, and exchange programs when students enroll in a foreign university.

63% of students participate in faculty-directed programs, 25% of students participate in partnership programs and 12% of students partake in exchange programs.

 “I studied abroad in Canada for seven weeks this summer. I lived with a host family and another ASU student. I attended class at a local university where I was able to improve my French speaking skills,” said Junior Shannon Ganzer. “It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t wait to go abroad again!”

 The top six destinations during the 2012-2013 academic year were Spain, United Kingdom, China, Australia, Argentina and France.

 “The Study Abroad Office is committed to being an integral part of the academic experience at Arizona State University by offering all students academically sound, credit-bearing education abroad programs that develop intercultural competence and globally-relevant leadership skills,” stated the Study Abroad Office in their mission statement.

 The Study Abroad office is comprised of 14 part-time students who work as peer advisors and student recruiters. Their job is to help guide students into choosing a study abroad program that best suits them as well as getting them excited about all of the opportunities you can gain while studying abroad. 

 The office is also comprised of 23 full-time staff members including faculty-advisors who meet with students to talk in more detail about the programs they are interested in.

 “Our job is to get the word out about study abroad and make sure students are aware of all the opportunities,” said Denise Malkoon, the communication and marketing management intern.

“We have different events throughout the year such as presentations, showcases, as well as other events to get study abroad information to students.”

 Malkoon is also a recent ASU graduate and former peer advisor.

“We provide the tools, create newsletter content and give resources to staff members,” said Carrie Herrera Nieson, communications and Marketing specialist. “We also have a blog where students who have participated in study abroad programs are able to share their experiences in hopes of encouraging other students to study abroad.

 The study abroad office has numerous social media outlets where students can learn more about how to study abroad. Check them out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube at @ASUStudyAbroad.

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