UNCW Rises to 5th Among Peer Institutions in Number of Students Studying Abroad

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

UNCW moved up one position to rank 5th nationally among master’s-level universities in the number of students studying abroad as represented in the 2018 Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange. In 2016-17, the most recent academic year measured, UNCW sent 985 students to more than 60 countries, an increase of 4.3 percent over 2015-16 and an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous three academic years.

“UNCW encourages its students to embrace the opportunity to visit other countries and explore other cultures,” said Michael Wilhelm, associate vice chancellor for international programs. “They will soon enter a global economy that rewards people who can communicate effectively, thrive in new environments and who understand how to work with individuals whose life experiences are very different from their own. Studying abroad will help build those vital skills.”

The top seven destinations for UNCW students in 2016-17 were the United Kingdom (117), Spain (101), Germany (76), Belize (76), France (73), Australia (60) and Ireland (54).

The announcement comes during International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education.

In keeping with its Strategic Plan, UNCW is sending more students abroad as well as attracting more international students. Fall 2018 enrollment on campus includes more than 400 international students representing 68 countries.

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