Increasingly, study abroad programs are becoming a regular part of a college student’s four-year academic cycle. With so many students taking advantage of their school’s study abroad programs — and many reporting that they return to their campus “transformed” by the experience — how does a student decide which program is right for them, which city provides the best experience and, of course, which they can afford?
Study abroad website Abroad 101 has taken a dive into rating and categorizing the options available to students, releasing its first annual study abroad program rankings. The data is compiled from “comprehensive program evaluations from more than 10,000 students,” according to a press release, which also quotes Abroad 101 president Mike Stone as saying the site is run on a “commitment to collecting honest, thorough student reviews from over 200 university partners enables access to an unprecedented level of insider program information.”
Below is a snapshot of some of the rankings compiled by Abroad 101:
Most Popular Cities include:
• London, England
• Paris, France
• Barcelona, Spain
• Sydney, Australia
Top Study Abroad Programs include:
• IES Abroad: Barcelona – IES Abroad Barcelona Center
• Direct Enrollment: Florence – Scuola Lorenzo de Medici
• IFSA Butler: Galway – National University Ireland
Top Academics by Program Providers include:
• SEA Semester
• Duke University/Organization for Tropical Studies
• University of Northern Iowa
Top Learned Competencies (skills acquired abroad) include:
• Increased Independence & Confidence 94.7%
• Better Able to Adapt to New Situations 93.6%
• Gained New Perspective of Home Culture from Global Context 90.3%
To see the complete rankings, check out the complete lists compiled by Abroad 101.
And for a different perspective on the study abroad debate, read Jeremy Merrill’s piece, which stirred up quite a bit of conversation earlier this year.