CSU, Chico News

University Leads Consortium With Number of Study Abroad Students

Date: 03-19-2012

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

As another sign of the strength of its study abroad program, California State University, Chico is now the number one school for student participation in the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC).

In 2011-2012, CSU, Chico sent 276 students abroad via USAC, which has 33 consortium member universities, including UC Davis, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of Maryland, University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts.

The campus with the second highest total was University of Nevada, Reno, the USAC host institution, with 273 students. CSU, Chico sent a total of 354 students abroad during the 2011-12 academic year via USAC and other study abroad programs.

For the fourth year in a row, CSU, Chico ranks third among all master’s level universities in the United States for the number of students studying abroad for one year or longer. Students have a broader academic experience when they go beyond one semester in a study abroad program, so the duration of study abroad experiences is considered a strong measure of programs’ quality.

“The excellence of our study abroad program is one of the distinctive hallmarks of a Chico State education,” said Bill Loker, dean of Undergraduate Education. “Our Study Abroad Office is the envy of universities across the state and nation for its ability to reach out to students and connect them to quality programs across the world. These are experiences that transform students’ lives and prepare them for life in a globalized world.”

USAC is nonprofit organization providing study abroad opportunities to its consortium members as well as 700 universities nationwide. It is one of the largest study abroad consortiums in the nation, with programs at 39 locations in 24 countries for semester, yearlong, winter and summer terms of study.