Media Coverage: UW-Madison Top 10 in National Study Abroad Ranking

The Badger Herald — November 17, 2010

“UW study abroad programs ranked in top ten nationally

In the 2008-2009 academic year, 2,230 students studied abroad, and that number has the potential to increase due to the demand from companies and organizations for students who are intellectually curious and have experience in the changing world, said Gilles Bousquet, a dean in the Division of International Studies.

Howell said students want to go overseas now more than ever.

“Students are increasingly coming to look at study abroad programs as an integral part of education,” Howell said. “At UW the percent of students studying abroad increased by less than 1 percent, however, it’s gone down in a lot of places.”

The International Studies department has two goals: Making China the number one destination for study abroad and seeing 50 percent of the student body at UW have an international experience by 2020, Bousquet said.

“Right now 22 percent of the graduating class goes abroad,” Bousquet said. “We will not be satisfied until we are No. 1 in the nation for study aboard programs.”

Read the full article by McKenzie Badger.


The Cap Times — November 17, 2010

“UW-Madison in top 10 for students studying abroad”

UW-Madison students are studying overseas in record numbers, particularly in China, according to a report this week from a national group.

The Open Doors Report from the Institute of International Education ranked UW-Madison fourth among all U.S. research institutions for students studying overseas for a semester in the 2008-09 school year.

The report also placed UW-Madison sixth for studying abroad in year-long programs.

The two rankings add up to UW-Madison being eighth overall for studying abroad, with 2,230 total participants in the 2008-09 school year.

Read the full announcement.