UW–Madison rises in Open Doors rankings for study abroad participation, international students

W banners hang from the columns of Bascom Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during winter on Dec. 9, 2016. In the foreground is the Abraham Lincoln statue. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)As International Education Week begins, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has additional cause for celebration with the release of the 2021 Open Doors Report. The report lists UW–Madison as #4 among all U.S. universities for study abroad participation and #19 for number of international students. Both rankings represent increases in the report rankings, which are published annually by Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

UW–Madison was listed as #15 in the 2020 Open Doors Report for study abroad. For 2019–2020, 1,602 UW–Madison students were listed as studying abroad. This number falls from the 2018–2019 total of 2,547 participants due to the impact of travel restrictions implemented with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participant numbers include all U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident degree-seeking student credit-bearing activity outside of the U.S. Read more.

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