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SDSU 30th in Nation for Study Abroad

The new Open Doors Report ranks SDSU No. 30 nationally and No. 3 in California.
SDSU students pose for a photo in the snowy mountains while studying abroad in Europe.
SDSU students pose for a photo in the snowy mountains while studying abroad in Europe.

San Diego State University is ranked 30th in the nation for the number of students studying abroad, according to the Institute for International Education’s new Open Doors report.

SDSU also ranked No. 21 nationwide for public universities and No. 3 in California for study abroad.

“To fully function in today’s global and interconnected world, students need to understand other cultures, languages and countries. At SDSU, we strongly believe that as many students as possible should have the opportunity to benefit from academic experiences outside of the United States by participating in a study abroad program,” said Alan Sweedler, assistant vice president for international programs and a physics professor at SDSU.

In 2011-2012, the school year for which the rankings were based, 1,610 SDSU students studied abroad in programs that include spring break, summer, semester or year-long study at a foreign university, exchange programs and research or internship programs.

SDSU students studied in nearly 70 countries with the most popular travel destinations including the United Kingdom, Mexico, Spain, Italy and China.

“The number of SDSU students who studied abroad in the 2012-2013 academic year climbed to more than 1,800,” Sweedler said. “These programs provide our students with an invaluable, first-hand experience of different perspectives, which will serve them well in their future careers and set them on the path of life-long learning. SDSU has a goal of sending 3,000 students abroad in five years.”

International experience at SDSU

Not only are SDSU students traveling the globe, SDSU remains a top destination for students worldwide. During the 2011-2012 school year, SDSU had nearly 1,500 international students from 94 countries, with the majority of students hailing from India, China, Japan, South Korea and Mexico.

“A global perspective is something we hope to be part of every student’s ‘Aztec Experience,’” said Noah Hansen, acting director of the International Student Center.

“Having students from all parts of the world who can bring perspectives and experiences with them — into our classrooms, residence halls and organizations — enrich the SDSU experience for everyone on campus.

The Open Doors Report

The Open Doors Report is published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The annual statistical survey reports on the number of international scholars at U.S. universities; international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs; and on U.S. students studying abroad.

More information on the Open Doors 2013 surveys and their findings is on the Open Doors website.

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