[CNN] Looking Beyond Europe for Education and Adventure

CNN (September 21, 2010)

“Looking beyond Europe for education, adventure” by Talya Minsberg


“After college, I’ll go to Europe, but I’m not sure I would ever have the chance to live in a developing country,” said Jessie Lavintman, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student who became familiar with bucket showers and malaria when she studied in Ghana.

The number of Americans studying abroad has tripled in the past two decades, according to Peggy Blumenthal, chief operating officer of the Institute of International Education. Growth is particularly strong in parts of the developing world.


It is a small world after all for college students as universities are equally enthused to offer new study abroad locations.

“Universities are more and more interested in interacting with other universities in the world, not just Europe,” Blumenthal said.