In the "2013 Open Doors" report released by the Institute of International Education (IIE), UD ranks fifth nationally among master's institutions − and first in Texas − for the percentage of undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs for academic credit. More than 89 percent of UD undergraduates study abroad—most with the university's flagship Rome program, according to the study.
"Our ranking reflects the enduring importance and success of the Rome Program in the life of UD students since its inception more than 40 years ago," said Director of Rome and Summer Programs Rebecca Davies. "This ranking is even more gratifying given a common course of study for our undergraduates in Rome comprised of all required courses in our renowned Core curriculum. Students are taught by our own faculty on our own campus in the city that was, and is, the focus of these great works of heart, mind, spirit, art and intellect."
This year, the University of Dallas celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Eugene Constantin Rome Campus, a pastoral spot in the Roman countryside home to vineyards and olive trees. For more information on the University of Dallas Rome Program, visit www.udallas.edu/romeprogram.
The IIE determines its rankings by comparing the number of students involved in study abroad programs with the number of bachelor's degrees conferred at each institution. "Master's Institutions" are categorized by the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as colleges and universities that generally award at least 50 master's degrees and fewer than 20 doctoral degrees each year.
The "Open Doors" report on International Educational Exchange is published by the IIE, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. IIE is most widely known for its annual statistical survey of campuses regarding international students in the United States, but it also conducts and reports on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit and has since 1985.