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CSU, Chico Ranked Second in Nation for Study Abroad Program

Date: 11-19-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico has one of the best study abroad programs in the United States, according to a national ranking of student participation.

According to the Institute of International Education, the leading nonprofit cultural exchange organization in the United States, CSU, Chico ranks second among master’s-level institutions for the number of students studying abroad for one year or longer. The University has been ranked No. 3 in the nation for the past five years.

CSU, Chico had 98 students studying abroad for a full academic year in 2011-2012, the most recent year that national data was available. The University ranks second only to San Francisco State University, which sent 225 students abroad.

For the 2011-2012 year, CSU, Chico had a total of 305 students studying abroad.

Jenn Gruber, study abroad and international exchange coordinator, said that a full academic year is considered superior in study abroad programs because students gain significantly more when they go beyond a one-semester experience. “Chico State’s study abroad staff encourages yearlong participation because it offers the best opportunity for full cultural adaptation, foreign language development and personal growth,” she said.

Long-term duration of study abroad experiences is considered an indication of the programs’ quality and provides students with a competitive edge post-graduation, she added.

Other CSUs that earned rankings for master’s-level institutions include Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (4), California State University, Long Beach (4), San Jose State University (6), California State University, Northridge (11), Sacramento State (19) and California State University, San Marcos (20). San Diego State University is ranked 17 for doctoral institutions.

The study abroad data was contained in the Institute of International Education’s annual “Open Doors Report,” which tracks more than 200,000 U.S. students from approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

CSU, Chico offers study abroad programs in 30 countries and 80 cities around the world, with options for summer, semester, yearlong and winter intersession study. Students can receive academic credit toward their major, minor or GE pathway requirements while studying abroad. For more information, visit www.csuchico.edu/studyabroad.