CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Once Again Nationally Ranked for Study Abroad Program

Date: 11-24-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico is once again among the U.S. leaders in the quality of its study abroad program, according to a new national ranking of student participation.

According to the Institute of International Education, the leading nonprofit educational/cultural exchange organization in the U.S., CSU, Chico ranks third among master’s-level institutions for the number of students studying abroad for one year or longer.

CSU, Chico had 118 students studying abroad for a full academic year in 2007-08, the most recent year that national data was available. The two master’s-level institutions ahead of CSU, Chico were Touro College in New York City, with 237 students, and San Francisco State, with 217.

This is the second straight year CSU, Chico has been third in the national ranking. Last year, the University had 111 students studying abroad for one academic year. The prior year, CSU, Chico was ranked fourth, with 100 students.

Tasha Dev, CSU, Chico study abroad coordinator, said students have a much broader academic experience when they go beyond one semester in a study abroad program. Long-term duration of study abroad experiences is considered a good measurement of programs’ quality, she said.

For the 2007-08 academic year, CSU, Chico had 361 total students studying abroad.

Dev said in some cases it is more affordable and cost effective for students to study abroad for a full academic year rather than choosing a short-term study abroad program. She also said the overall rise in the cost of higher education has not affected study abroad programs to the same extent. “The cost of most of our study abroad programs is remaining constant, making it more affordable than ever,” she said.

The study abroad ranking 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 2,800 accredited U.S. colleges and universities.