FIY: Study Abroad by the Numbers

Have you studied abroad? Are you thinking about studying abroad?  Do you have friends who have gone abroad and received academic credit?  You are not alone!  In the 2013-2014 academic year, 304,467 U.S. students received academic credit abroad.  304,467 students broadened their horizons, learned valuable intercultural communication skills, experienced personal growth, worked on their language skills, opened up various career opportunities, and much more.

Founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education is an independent non-for-profit organization with the purpose of advancing international education and access to education worldwide.  Each year the organization produces an “Open Doors Report” that details the statistics of education abroad in the previous academic year.

Let’s take a look at some of these statistics.  You might find them quite interesting!


In our ever-globalizing world, you too should go abroad!  Be a part of this increasing statistic and venture outside of your usual college “bubble.”


Even if your major is a small percentage or not even on this list, there is a program out there for you!  Students from any major can study abroad and studying abroad will put you a leg up on your classmates who do not take advantage of the opportunity.


Students can study abroad for either a short-term such as a few weeks over winter break or for the summer through various different programs.  Students can also go abroad for an entire semester or academic calendar year.  The longer you go abroad, the more immersion you will get within your host country, but any length of study abroad is beneficial and well worth it.


Though over 32% of U.S. study abroad students are found in Europe, University of Kentucky offers programs all over the world ranging from Tanzania to Ecuador, and so many more.

It is a big, big world out there with so many opportunities.  Take the opportunity to go explore and take advantage of all that study abroad has to offer!  Stop by Bradley Hall if you want to be a part of the growing number of students going abroad and setting themselves up for a bright future.  We hope to see you soon!

***All statistics and info graphics were obtained from the Institute of International Education at this link: http://www.iie.org/~/media/Images/Corporate/Other/Open-Doors-2015/Infographic-Open-Doors-2015-US-Study-Abroad.jpg?la=en


Courtney Smith is a senior at Transylvania University studying Psychology.  She participated in a Semester at Sea Program and the KIIS Poland Consortia program.