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Study Abroad Leader


The Institute of International Education's (IIE) latest Open Doors Report has once again recognized Hamline as a leader in study abroad opportunities. The annual report ranked Hamline first in Minnesota and 14th in the nation in the Top 40 Master’s Colleges and Universities category, an improvement of two places in the national rankings over last year. 

The Open Doors report is published annually by the IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The report brings together comprehensive statistics regarding the number of international students coming to the United States and domestic students studying abroad for academic credit. 

“Study abroad is one of those life-changing, high-impact learning experiences that is so vital to expanding students’ academic and personal growth, as well as their cultural competency,” Kari Richtsmeier, director of Hamline’s International and Off-Campus Programs, said. “We’re committed to making these opportunities even more accessible as we continue to globalize our curriculum and our campus.” 

The report found that more than 640 Hamline students studied abroad during the 2013-14 academic year. Year-long, semester-long, and short-term international courses happen in places as diverse as Chile, United Arab Emirates, China, Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Ireland, Netherlands, Australia, and Rwanda. 

Hamline is committed to help prepare a new generation of “globalists” -- leaders who will bridge the differences between people and nations in an effort to build a more peaceful and sustainable world. As an example of the a continuation of that commitment, Hamline was selected by IIE to join Generation Study Abroad, an initiative to help increase the national number of students who study abroad. IIE’s national goal is to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. Hamline has pledged to increase the percentage of its undergraduates who study internationally to 70% by 2020. 

In addition, the university will soon officially announce a historic educational partnership that will lead to Hamline students traveling to Cuba starting in January 2017.