University of San Diego Recognized for Institutional Emphasis on International Study

In November, the University of San Diego was recognized by the Institute of International Education for undergraduate student participation in study abroad programs.  

In the Open Doors 2008 report, the University of San Diego ranked sixth among the nation’s top 40 participating doctoral institutions ahead of the universities of Notre Dame, Duke, American and Georgetown. USD’s ranking was up from 26th in the previous study.   

Since 2006, USD has seen a nearly 20 percent increase in study abroad participants bringing the number to approximately 700 undergraduate students per year.  This growing number ensures that approximately 60 percent of USD’s undergraduate students will have participated in some sort of study abroad program before graduating from USD. 

“Even before launching USD’s International Center in 2007, our team has long been focused on increasing student participation in international study programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level,” stated USD Associate Provost for Internationalization Carl Jubran, Ph.D. “Thanks to our supportive faculty and administrators, USD students are eager to enhance their on-campus education by traveling abroad to learn and experience first-hand our increasingly interdependent global society,” added Jubran. 

According to the Open Doors report, there was a substantial increase across the nation in the number of U.S. students participating in international study programs and is paralleled by an increase in the range of study abroad destinations.  Study abroad programs in Asia, Africa Latin America and the Middle East have become increasingly popular study abroad destinations. 

The report also stated that approximately 55 percent of U.S. students who study abroad participate in short-term programs (between 2-8 weeks), while approximate 36 percent of students prefer semester-long programs.  To see the full report, go to

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.