The recently released “Open Doors” report on study abroad trends by the Institute of International Education (IIE) once again recognizes Centre College as among the nation’s leaders in international education. The College earned a #4 national ranking this year for study abroad undergraduate participation.
The IIE “Open Doors” ranking is unique in that it calculates the number of student study abroad experiences, only those that grant academic credit, in a given year divided by the number of graduates. It’s not uncommon for the very top schools, such as, Centre to have participation rates that exceed 100 percent, because a student might study abroad two or more terms over the course of an academic year.
In the case of Centre, the College’s three-week “CentreTerm” in January offers an abundance of study abroad options that end up being included in the IIE calculation and account for Centre’s participation rate of 126.5 percent. This figure, drawn from 2017-18 academic year data, is slightly below Centenary College of Louisiana, Agnes Scott College and Soka University of America.
An average 85 percent of Centre students study abroad during their college career, a guarantee of the Centre Commitment, and over 30 percent study abroad two or more times.
Centre’s study abroad program is considered by many to be the nation’s premier program because the strong focus on global citizenship involves Centre faculty designing and teaching courses and directing the residential programs.
Centre’s signature long-term, residential programs in Strasbourg, France; Merida, Mexico; and London, England are completely staffed and run by the College. In each of these cities, students live with fellow Centre participants, sometimes in homestays with local residents, and are taught by Centre professors and local experts.
Other semester-long programs are available in Shanghai, China; Reading, England; Regensburg, Germany; Yamaguchi, Japan; Glasgow, Scotland; Northern Ireland options at Queens or Ulster universities; and Segovia, Spain. The College also offers a study-away program in Washington, D.C.
The three-week CentreTerm programs span the globe and are generally team-taught with an interdisciplinary focus. Recent destinations brought students to Belgium, Belize, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Merida, Spain, Thailand, Singapore and Uganda.
And, although not part of the College’s academic program, it’s not uncommon for varsity athletic teams at Centre to also go abroad during the summer for various tournaments and touring.
by Kerry Steinhofer
November 21, 2019