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Villanova University Ranked among Nation’s Study Abroad Leaders by Institute of International Education (IIE) in Open Doors Annual Report

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Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University was ranked third among the nation’s top 40 master’s institutions for total number of study abroad students by the Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors Annual Report. The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange is published by IIE, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States.

At Villanova, over 40% of last year’s graduating class spent at least a summer abroad. Nearly 800 students study in locations all over the world and last year, there were students in 37 different countries. From Singapore to Valparaíso and London to Melbourne, Villanovans are living and learning in international settings.    

“Study abroad is an excellent way for students to develop an appreciation for other cultures, experience new ways of learning and become more independent – all while completing degree requirements that will complement their on-campus study,” said Liz Campanella, Director of the Office of International Studies at Villanova University. “Time spent overseas has become an extension of the overall Villanova experience. The variety of study abroad options available to students and the level of participation at Villanova is a testament to the support of the entire University community for international initiatives.”    

An overview of the Open Doors Report noted that in the 2011/12 academic year, 283,332 American students studied abroad for academic credit – an increase of three percent. Based on the slow but fairly steady increase in Open Doors numbers, American students have shown that they remain interested in gaining an international experience. Study abroad by American students has more than tripled over the past two decades, from only about 71,000 students in 1991/92.

IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of campuses regarding the international students in the United States since 1919, and with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. The census is based on a survey of approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions. Open Doors also conducts and reports on separate surveys on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit (since 1985), and on international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.  There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities.  Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges.  For more information about ECA programs, initiatives, and achievements, visit

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas.  An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization.  IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide working with more than 1,200 member institutions and over 6,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions.  IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships administered for the U.S. Department of State.  The Institute is a resource for educators and institutions worldwide (, publishing the Open Doors Report and operating and  search engines for study abroad program and study abroad scholarships.