CSU, Chico News

California State University, Chico Named One of the Nation’s Top Study Abroad Programs

Date: 11-18-2016

Sean Murphy
Public Affairs

As more California State University, Chico students choose to study abroad, the University has again been deemed one of the best options available for college students who wish to study overseas.

The Institute of International Education, a leading nonprofit educational and cultural exchange group, reported that CSU, Chico was ranked second among master’s degree-level colleges and universities for the number of students that study abroad for at least one year.

The latest accolade comes as more students at CSU, Chico are taking advantage of study abroad opportunities.

CSU, Chico reported that 113 students studied abroad for a full academic year in 2014-2015, the most recent year national data is available. That’s up from the 109 students who studied abroad for a full academic year in 2013-2014 and the 76 students who studied abroad for a full academic year in 2012-2013.

A total of 409 CSU, Chico students studied abroad during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Jennifer Gruber, coordinator of the study abroad program at CSU, Chico, remarked that when students study abroad for a full academic year, they’re presented with more opportunities for personal development and to challenge themselves.

“We believe that a full academic year is considered superior in study abroad programs because we have seen that a student’s growth regarding independence, maturity, cultural competence and language acquisition is almost directly proportional to the amount of time spent away,” said Gruber.

Of master’s degree-level institutions with students who study abroad for at least a year, CSU, Chico has been ranked in the top three schools during eight of the last nine years, an accomplishment that Gruber attributes to the University’s commitment to providing opportunities for students that may not be offered at other universities.

“Our amazing faculty and staff who advise students on academics are extremely supportive of students who are interested in international study and helping them progress their degree while studying abroad so they don’t fall behind,” Gruber said. “We’re very fortunate to work in such a study abroad-friendly climate with supportive faculty, staff and administration.”

Other master’s degree-level CSU campuses with students studying abroad for a year include CSU, Long Beach, which was ranked fifth in the Institute of International Education’s ranking, and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, which was ranked sixth.

CSU, Monterey Bay was ranked seventh and CSU, Sacramento was ranked ninth.

Popular study abroad destinations for CSU, Chico students include Italy, Spain, Thailand, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United Kingdom, Gruber said.