Hamline University is a leader in Minnesota when it comes to
sending students on study abroad opportunities.
According to the new Open Doors report released
this week by the Institute of International Education and the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs, Hamline ranked first in Minnesota and ninth in
the nation of universities of its kind in engaging the largest number of
students in study abroad opportunities.
The Open Doors study examined
data from 3,000 U.S. colleges and universities during the 2008-09 academic year.
More than 260,300 students from these colleges spent time earning academic
credit abroad, a small decline from the previous year. Overall, Minnesota
schools sent 9,050 students abroad last year; 626 of them were from Hamline.
More than 35 percent of Hamline’s undergraduate students participate in
a study abroad experience during their college career. There are also an
increasing number of opportunities for students in Hamline’s law school,
graduate programs and MBA program to study in Germany, Spain and Finland or to
complete a paid internship in Shanghai or Beijing, China.
worked hard to strategically and carefully build our study abroad programs, so
that we can maximize the number of students, faculty, and staff participating,”
said Dr. Kari Richtsmeier, assistant dean of international and off-campus
“We are proud of the increasing numbers of undergraduate and
graduate students taking advantage of programs around the world—from York,
England to Saint Louis, Senegal," Richtsmeier continued. "Most recently, we have
developed a new relationship with the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, which
will allow students to not only improve their Chinese language skills, but also
gain a deeper insight into one of the most important nations in the world. Our
success in study abroad is due to the deep commitment of the Hamline University
community to globalize our curriculum and campus.”
ranked as follows: in the ‘Top 40 Doctorate Institutions,’ the University of
Minnesota ranked 6th in the nation, with 2,347 students studying abroad.
In the ‘Top 40 Master’s Institutions,’ Hamline University ranked 9th in
the nation with 626 students, St. Cloud State University was 31st with 408
students, and the University of Minnesota Duluth was 36th with 348 students.
In the ‘Top 40 Baccalaureate Institutions,’ St. Olaf ranked first in its
category with 680 students, St. Johns University/College of St. Benedict were
fifth with 550 students, Carleton College was 13th with 409 students, Concordia
College was 15th with 378, and Macalester was 31st with 308 students studying
The Open Doors report is published by the Institute of
International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural
exchange organization in the United States. IIE has conducted the annual
statistical survey of the international students in the United States since
1949, and with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. For more information, click here.