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Feb. 7, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell University has been ranked 12th among U.S. baccalaureate institutions for the total number of students who study abroad.

The Institute of International Education ranking is for the 2002-03 academic year and Lisa Donatelli, director of international education at Bucknell, said the trend has continued.

"We have seen an increase in participation in spring 2005 of 40 percent," said Donatelli. "Overall, approximately 45 percent of our students are taking advantage of an international experience during their time here at Bucknell."

The institute said American students are more than ever recognizing the importance of study abroad in a globally interdependent world.

"In the first full academic year after the 9/11 attacks (academic year 2002-03), the number of U.S. higher education students receiving credit for study abroad increased sharply by 8.5 percent from the previous year, reaching a record total of 174,629," the institute reported.

The increase is a strong indicator of the keen interest in study abroad, both in spite of and in response to the changing geo-political climate following 9/11, the institute said.

"As study abroad opportunities have become more plentiful, varied and more affordable, the number of students taking advantage of an academic experience abroad has increased dramatically," the institute said. Since 1991-92, the number of students studying abroad for credit has more than doubled from 71,154 to 174,629.

Among leading destinations for U.S. students, the U.K. is first, followed by Italy, and Spain. France remained the 4th largest host country, followed by two countries outside of Western Europe, Australia and Mexico.

Bucknell's leading destinations include the U.K., Australia, Spain, France, Italy, and Barbados.

Donatelli notes that while many students study in countries where English is spoken many, too, also take advantage of study programs in non-traditional countries. At Bucknell, those destinations include Kenya, China, Japan, and, Chile.


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Monks crossing bridge over the River Kwai
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