Forum/IIE 2011 Snapshot Survey Results:
U.S. CAMPUSES REPORT THAT STUDY ABROAD IS RISING
The results of a survey by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Forum on Education Abroad has found that study abroad by U.S. college students was on the rise in 2010/11 for the second year, after leveling off during the economic uncertainty that began in 2007. IIE’s Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural affairs, reports that 270,604 U.S. students studied abroad for credit during the academic year 2009/10, an increase of 4 percent from the previous year. The new IIE/Forum online survey conducted in October 2011 indicates that this upward trend is continuing. The survey also reveals that campuses have added faculty-led programs, increased study abroad staffing, formed more partnerships with overseas and domestic institutions, and are sending more students to India and China.
Brian Whalen, President and CEO of the Forum, commented, "The survey results are extremely encouraging and reflect the strong commitment for and belief in the value of study abroad. U.S. campuses, provider organizations and overseas partner institutions have worked together during these challenging economic times to make education abroad accessible for more students. Our shared future goal should be to continue to increase participation for a greater range of students so that the benefits of study abroad are experienced more widely."