CSU, Chico’s Study Abroad Program Celebrated Once Again as One of Nation’s Best

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 11-15-2017

Sean Murphy
TEL: 530-898-6492
Jennifer Gruber
Office of International Education 
TEL: 530-898-5415

For the second consecutive year and the ninth time in 10 years, California State University, Chico has been ranked as one of the nation’s top three universities for studying abroad.

The Institute of International Education (IIE), a leading nonprofit educational and cultural exchange group, ranked CSU, Chico’s Study Abroad program second among master’s degree-level colleges and universities for the number of students who study abroad for at least one year.

CSU, Chico reported that 93 students studied abroad for a full academic year in 2015-2016, the most recent year that national data is available. That number is down slightly over the previous year’s 117 students who studied abroad for a full academic year in 2014-2015 and 109 students for a full academic year in 2013-2014.

In spite of a slight drop in numbers, the University’s Study Abroad program remains healthy and vibrant thanks to the climate cultivated by faculty and staff. A total of 392 CSU, Chico students studied abroad during the 2015-2016 academic year, with Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic the top five destinations among 35 available countries.

“The amazing faculty and staff who advise students in their majors, minors and GE pathways are very supportive of students who want to pursue an international education, helping them progress their degree while abroad and stay on track for graduation,” said Jennifer Gruber, coordinator of the study abroad program at CSU, Chico.

Other CSUs that appeared in the top 10 this year include California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (third), Sonoma State University (fifth), California State University, Monterey Bay (sixth), California State University, Long Beach (eighth).

Gruber credits the CSU, Chico Study Abroad staff for encouraging yearlong participation because it offers the best opportunity for cultural adaptation, foreign language development and personal growth, providing students a competitive edge post-graduation.

“It means a lot to our program and staff that we are once again nationally ranked in a category that is representative of our mission for true immersion and individual growth,” Gruber added.

The University’s most recent accolades comes at an appropriate time, during International Education Week. The Office of International Education has scheduled events throughout this week, and a full list of can be found here.

Truly an international institution, Chico State also serves as a destination for others around the world. In 2016-17, the University welcomed 611 students as well as 60 educators and scholars from 42 nations across the globe, and many others participated through its American Language and Culture Institute.

More information on CSU, Chico’s Study Abroad program can be found at http://www.csuchico.edu/studyabroad.

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About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 undergraduate and graduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States, and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region where the campus is located. The University became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.