Published 03/11/12

Bryant: Top 15 for students who study abroad

Bryant's Sophomore International Experience is among the reasons for the University's top ranking. Learn about one recent SIE trip to Panama and Costa Rica in this video.

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  (March 11, 2012) -- Bryant University ranks among the top 15 colleges and universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad programs, coming in 14th in its Carnegie classification (Master's colleges and universities).

"Providing the diverse perspectives necessary for success as a global citizen is a critical component in Bryant's strategic plan for academics."

David Lux

The rankings were released in the Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange, published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Rankings are based on the percentage of graduating seniors who participated in a for-credit study abroad program at some point in their undergraduate careers. For academic year 2009-2010 (the most recent data available), 369 of Bryant's graduating 805 seniors - or 45.8 percent - had taken part in a study abroad program.

Bryant data show that the number of students participating in a semester abroad program during an academic year has grown 185 percent in about a decade - from 52 students in 2002-03 to 148 currently. "Providing the diverse perspectives necessary for success as a global citizen is a critical component in Bryant's strategic plan for academics," said David Lux, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "The University's rapidly-growing International Business program, the increasing availability of international internships for our students, and our Sophomore International Experience (SIE) are especially important in generating interest in studying abroad."

Since its inception in 2006, SIE has immersed more than 1,000 Bryant students in a semester-long intensive course culminating in two weeks of study and travel abroad. The program is so distinctive that it attracted the support of Sovereign|Santander Universities, which in 2011 entered into a three-year agreement with Bryant to support SIE.

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