Winter 2024 Issue

W&M No. 1 for Study Abroad

By Kate Hoving

William & Mary is first among public universities in the nation for study abroad participation, according to the Open Doors 2023 Report on International Educational Exchange, released Nov. 13 by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education. W&M has ranked first 10 times over the last 15 years.

William & Mary also ranks seventh nationally among all doctorate-granting universities — public and private.

“While the rankings are no doubt significant, William & Mary remains among the national leaders in study abroad in terms of the quality of the experience as well as the number of participants,” says Teresa Longo, associate provost for international affairs and executive director of the Reves Center for International Studies. “Together with our partners abroad, William & Mary has invested in global experiences tied to academic excellence, career readiness and to our students’ understanding of their place in the world.”

In recent years, study abroad has received more attention as an example of applied learning at its best. Employers state that the kind of intercultural knowledge acquired on study-abroad programs is an asset in hiring. Careers is one of four cornerstone initiatives in William & Mary’s Vision 2026 strategic plan.

High-quality applied learning experiences such as study abroad are part of William & Mary’s commitment to offering the most personal educational experience of any public university. Read more on W&M News.