USD Ranks #1 in the Nation in Study Abroad Participation

among undergrad programs

SAN DIEGO – The Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors has ranked the University of San Diego’s Study Abroad Program first in the nation among top doctoral-granting institutions. This is the 11th straight year USD Study Abroad has been recognized by IIE among the nation’s top study abroad programs. Other top programs recognized in this year’s report include #2 University of Notre Dame, #3 Wake Forest University, #4 University of Denver, and #5 Pepperdine University.

The report, which covers the 2016-17 academic year, noted that more than 76.5 percent of USD’s undergraduate students participated in some form of study abroad experience before graduating. USD offers more than 75 different programs touching every corner of the globe.

“This ranking is very exciting and is a testament to USD's commitment to international opportunities as well as to the adventurous spirit of our students and faculty,” said Kira Espiritu, USD’s director of International Studies Abroad.  “The USD International Center advising team works tirelessly to prepare our undergraduate students to study abroad and our faculty are dedicated to making the international experience the best it can be both academically and culturally. USD's dedication to international experiences for students and faculty is one of the distinguishing features of our university,” added Espiritu.

Denise Dimon, USD’s associate provost for International Affairs, said, “Most universities offer study abroad, but USD offers study abroad 2.0. In the past decade, we have not only expanded our study abroad programs to reach every corner of the world, we now offer international dual degree programs, courses with strong community engagement and field-based learning, and our USD Madrid Center,” added Dimon. “With outstanding support from our administration, exceptional faculty with global expertise and students anxious to develop themselves as global citizens, the entire USD community works together to achieve our #1 status,” said Dimon.

Increasingly, prospective students and parents are basing their college decision on access to an institution’s study abroad opportunities. Through USD’s innovative and comprehensive approach to study abroad, new students arrive at USD confident that they too can experience a global educational experience.

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 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’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 recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that 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.


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