Campus: San Diego State University -- December 06, 2002
SDSU Cracks Top Five in Study Abroad Ranking
San Diego State University now ranks among the top five universities
of its type in the nation for students studying abroad. A new report
called “Open Doors 2002” by the Institute for International
Education (IIE) places SDSU fifth among all U.S. doctoral institutions,
with 639 students studying abroad in 2000-2001.
“In today’s world, international experience is essential
for the education of our students,” said SDSU Provost Nancy Marlin.
“Increasing international education opportunities for our students
is a key goal for the university, and I am extremely proud of the work
of our faculty to assure these opportunities for our students.”
The number of SDSU students who studied abroad increased 41.4 percent
from the previous year, when 452 students pursued international education
and SDSU ranked 11th among U.S. doctoral institutions. In this year’s
ranking, SDSU tops fellow institutions such as Dartmouth College (625
students) and Pepperdine University (619 students). Miami University
holds the top spot with 1,348 students.
Student participation in SDSU’s study abroad programs continues
to grow significantly. Robert Carolin, SDSU’s Assistant Director
for Education Abroad, said the number of SDSU students who studied abroad
climbed to 731 for the 2001-2002 academic year, an increase of 14.4
percent from 2000-2001. “We anticipate continued growth in students
studying abroad in 2002-2003,” he said.
Brian Requarth, a senior, has already studied in Spain and Costa Rica
through the university’s programs. He will travel to Costa Rica
again later this month as a faculty assistant to help other students
in the program. “I’m majoring in Spanish with a minor in
Portuguese because I believe language is essential in understanding
different cultures,” he said. “I have already developed
key connections in Latin America and am contemplating attending graduate
school there for a degree in International Business.”
SDSU alum Leo Hamacher said the university’s emphasis in international
education enabled him to jump-start his career.
“SDSU’s study abroad program is top-notch,” said Hamacher,
who graduated from SDSU’s International Business Honors Program
in 2000 with a double major in International Business, emphasis Western
Europe/French and Economics. “My internship in France led me to
my current career where I am the European Sales Manager for Watkins
Manufacturing Corporation in Belgium, which is part of MASCO, a Fortune
According to IIE President Allan E. Goodman, “As campuses such
as San Diego State University lead the way in study abroad, they are
playing an important role in changing the way students and faculty think
about what an education should contain and why study abroad is more
important -- and more needed -- than ever.”
The most popular destinations for SDSU students studying abroad include
(in order of preference): Mexico, Spain, Australia, England, Italy,
Sweden and France. Fifty percent of students who study abroad go for
an entire semester; nearly 25 percent spend an entire year at a foreign
university as part of their education.
The IIE’s new study abroad ranking is the latest in a string of
international education accolades for SDSU:
- In October 2002, NAFSA (the Association of International Educators)
and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs chose SDSU as one of six U.S. higher education institutions
that has best internationalized its campus. All six will be profiled
in a NAFSA report to be published in spring 2003.
- SDSU’s Center for International Business Education and Research
(CIBER) in October 2002 formally launched CaMexUS, the nation’s
first transnational, undergraduate triple-degree program with universities
in Canada and Mexico. The program is designed to produce trilingual,
tricultural business leaders and professionals who can address the
needs of NAFTA countries.
- SDSU’s undergraduate International Business program won IIE’s
Andrew Heiskell Award for best study abroad program – in any
discipline – in February 2002.
CONTACT: Jennifer Zwiebel, SDSU Marketing & Communications