UNCW Ranks 6th Among Peer Institutions in Students Studying Abroad

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UNCW ranks 6th among master’s-level universities in the number of students studying abroad as documented in the 2017 Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange. In 2015-16, the most recent academic year measured, the university sent 944 students to more than 50 countries.

The numbers represent an increase of 5.2 percent over 2014-15 and an increase of nearly 15 percent over the previous two academic years.

“In an economy that increasingly requires a global outlook, UNCW encourages its students to take advantage of opportunities to experience other countries and cultures,” said Michael Wilhelm, associate vice chancellor for international programs. “International study inspires students to develop skills valued by employers and graduate schools, including communication, cultural competencies and adaptability.”

The top five destinations for UNCW students in 2015-16 were the United Kingdom (137), Spain (115), France (96), Germany (69) and Belize (66).

The announcement comes at the beginning of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. UNCW kicked off the annual observance with the Intercultural Festival on Nov. 11, a global showcase of dance, art, food and culture. The week continues with films, samples of cultural cuisine, performances and panel discussions on campus.

In keeping with its Strategic Plan, UNCW is successfully recruiting more international students, with 408 students currently on campus representing more than 50 countries. The university also encourages on-campus events like the Global Marine Summit held Nov. 5-8 at the CREST Research Park, which brought about 150 scholars and academic advisors from 15 countries to UNCW.

The Open Doors® Report is published by the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of U.S. campuses that host international students since 1919, and has received support from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s.

-- Tricia Vance