More U.S. college students are packing their bags and heading abroad to complete some of their undergrad degree requirements.
The number of students studying abroad for credit during the 2013-2014 academic year grew 5.2 percent from the previous year, topping 300,000, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Studying overseas can be a great way to complete college coursework while also learning a new language and experiencing a different culture. At some schools, almost every undergrad studies abroad.
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Goucher College in Maryland and Soka University of America in California, for example, require students to spend time overseas. At both of these schools, 100 percent of 2014 graduates studied abroad – the highest percentage among the 321 colleges and universities that submitted data to U.S. News in an annual survey.
Among the 12 schools where the highest percentage of students studied abroad, 10 are National Liberal Arts Colleges. These institutions emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields.
The average percentage of graduates who studied abroad among the schools on the list is 83. In contrast, among all 321 schools, an average of 23 percent studied abroad.
Below is a list of the 12 schools where the highest percentage of 2014 graduates studied abroad. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.
|School name (state)||Percent of 2014 graduates who studied abroad||U.S. News rank and category|
|Goucher College (MD)||100||112 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Soka University of America (CA)||100||45 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Arcadia University (PA)||87||41 (tie), Regional Universities (North)|
|Centre College (KY)||85||45 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Goshen College (IN)||83||127 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Carleton College (MN)||78||8, National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Pitzer College (CA)||78||36, National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Susquehanna University (PA)||78||120 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Lee University (TN)||76||46 (tie), Regional Universities (South)|
|Calvin College (MI)||75||120 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Kalamazoo College (MI)||75||66, National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|St. Lawrence University (NY)||75||60, National Liberal Arts Colleges|
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