St. Lawrence a Leader for Students Studying Abroad

Nearly three-quarters of St. Lawrence University students study abroad during their undergraduate experience, with nearly two-thirds of students studying abroad for a semester or longer.

The figures were represented in the 2017 Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors report, which was released on Nov. 13. According to the 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data released by IIE and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the number of American students studying abroad increased by four percent from the prior year. The top host destinations for all U.S. students studying abroad in 2015-16 were the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, and Germany.

In the report, St. Lawrence was listed as No. 15 in the “Leading Institutions by Institutional Type-Baccalaureate” category, with 382 students studying abroad in the 2015-16 academic year. IIE estimates that number translates into 74.3 percent of the student body studying abroad during any portion of their enrollment at St. Lawrence. It also represents a jump from No. 27 just five years ago. The top study abroad destinations for SLU students in 2016-17 were London, New Zealand, Kenya and a tie between Austria, Denmark and New York City.

The University also earned a No. 17 spot in the “Leading Institutions by Duration-Baccalaureate” category, with 242 St. Lawrence students studying abroad for a semester or longer in the 2015-16 academic year. IIE estimates that translates into 63.4 percent of students studying abroad for a semester or longer during their St. Lawrence attendance.

The trend for St. Lawrence students studying abroad for longer durations is definitely on an upswing. For comparison, only 51 percent of St. Lawrence students studied for a semester or longer just three years earlier. Nationally, only about one-third of students study abroad for a semester or longer.

“International education provides students with a full cultural immersion experience, giving them the opportunity to learn critical intercultural skills which are invaluable in order to become responsible global citizens,” said Hanson Professor and Associate Dean of International and Intercultural Studies Marina Llorente. “Moreover, off-campus experiences prepare students to navigate across different cultures, enhancing powerfully their career development process.”

St. Lawrence also is host to 216 international students this year, including 66 first-year students. The top represented countries are China, Canada, Kenya, South Korea and Egypt.

For more information, visit the St. Lawrence’s Center for International and Intercultural Studies.