Texas A&M Remains No.1 Among Public Universities For Number Of Students Studying Abroad
For the third consecutive year, Texas A&M University is the No.1 public university in the nation in the number of study abroad students and the No. 2 university overall, according to recent government figures.
Totals from the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs show that Texas A&M had 5,321 students enrolled in study abroad programs for 2016-2017, the most recent figures available, placing it first among public universities. Texas A&M also ranks No. 2 overall, behind only New York University.
“Study abroad opportunities are available for students in all majors – freshmen through doctoral candidates,” said Texas A&M Vice Provost Michael Benedik.
“The different types of study abroad programs can last from a week to a year and students can study individually or in large groups,” according to the Study Abroad Programs Office website.
According to the Study Abroad Programs Office, the most popular countries for Texas A&M students for international study are, in order, Germany, the UK, Italy, Costa Rica and Mexico.
Numerous funding opportunities are available for Texas A&M students interested in study abroad programs, and the university annually provides more than $1 million in scholarships for students who participate in the programs.
“Texas A&M students have done a great job of exploring knowledge and culture of other countries,” said Katy Lane, assistant director of the Study Abroad Programs office.
“Plus, we have a lot of the colleges on campus who are good about pointing out the numerous benefits of study abroad, and they know that many employers like to see that a student participated in study abroad classes. An international experience is a big plus on a resume.”
Officials point out that students interested in studying abroad have access to a step-by-step guide on the Study Abroad Programs website, which walks them through defining their objectives while studying abroad, and determining financial aid needs and travel information.
For a more comprehensive overview of the study abroad activities of Texas A&M Students, visit the Texas A&M Accountability website.