UD Study Abroad Participation Ranks Among Nations Highest at 89 Percent
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 abroadmost 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
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.