UNCW Ranks 7th Among Peer Institutions in Students Studying Abroad

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The University of North Carolina Wilmington ranked seventh among master’s colleges and universities last year in the number of students studying abroad. A total of 822 UNCW students enhanced their education by taking advantage of foreign-study opportunities in the 2013-14 academic year, according to the most recent Open Doors® report.

UNCW moved up two places in the rankings, from ninth in 2012-13. The annual report is published by the Institute for International Education, with support from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“This new ranking shows the dedication of UNCW’s faculty, staff and administration in supporting international educational experiences for our students,” said Kara Pike Inman, director of education abroad at the university. “The fact that we have continually increased the number of students who study abroad and climbed the national rankings is a direct reflection of the hard work that has been done, and is indicative of our incredible students who are willing to push themselves out of their comfort zones.”

UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli has made it a goal to increase global engagement even further. In related news, Interim Provost Marilyn Sheerer this week announced the appointment of Michael Wilhelm as associate vice chancellor for international programs, whose charge will be to expand the university’s international and study-abroad enrollment.

-- Tricia Vance