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Santa Clara University Nationally Ranked in Study Abroad and International Student Enrollment

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 22, 2011—A new report shows Santa Clara University has one of the highest percentages of students studying abroad and international students among master’s institutions.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors 2011 report, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, looked at 3,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. It ranked Santa Clara University No. 35 in total number of students on academic programs abroad, No. 5 in total number of students on “mid-length” (more than eight weeks) academic programs abroad, and No. 25 in enrolling the highest number of undergraduate and graduate international students in academic programs.

Approximately one-third of Santa Clara students study abroad in their undergraduate careers. Last academic year, 425 students went to 37 countries, such as Burkina Faso, El Salvador, and Thailand.

The U.S. saw a record number of international students (723,277) last academic year, with California remaining the leading host state with 96,535. Santa Clara University hosted 579 of those students, who hailed from 48 countries, including India, China, and South Korea.

The report also found that study abroad to China continues to increase in popularity, and India is gaining popularity as a study abroad choice. Almost 14,000 U.S. students received credit for study in China in 2009-10, and China remains the fifth most popular destination for U.S. students abroad, the only one of the top five host countries outside of Western Europe.

These strong increases have significant economic impact on the U.S., as international students contribute more than $21 billion to the U.S. economy, through their expenditures on tuition and living expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Higher education is among the United States’ top service sector exports, as international students provide significant revenue not just to the host campuses but also to local economies of the host states for living expenses, including room and board, books and supplies, transportation, health insurance, and support for accompanying family members.

Together, the top three sending countries—China, India and South Korea—comprise nearly half (46 percent) of the total international enrollments in U.S. higher education. Canada, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan each represent approximately three to four percent of the total international student population, with these top seven places of origin comprising about 60 percent of the total.

The top 10 most popular fields of study for international students in the U.S. in 2009-10 were Business and Management (22 percent), Engineering (19 percent), Mathematics and Computer Science (9 percent), Physical and Life Sciences (9 percent), Social Sciences (9 percent), Fine & Applied Arts (5 percent), Health Professions (5 percent), Intensive English Language (5 percent), Education (2 percent), Humanities (2 percent), and Agriculture (1 percent).

About Santa Clara University    
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating highereducation institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

About Open Doors
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 an annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since 1919, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. The census is based on a survey of approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions which host international students.Open Doors also reports on surveys on international scholars at U.S. universities; international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs; and on U.S. students studying abroad (since 1985). A full press kit and further details on the Open Doors 2011 surveys and their findings can be accessed on the Open Doors website, and the full 120 page report can be ordered for $64.95 from IIE Books.

About Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State leads a wide range of academic, professional, and cultural exchanges that include approximately 40,000 participants annually, including the Fulbright Fellowships and Scholarships and the International Visitor Leadership Program, with the goal of increasing mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. ECA sponsors the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships for U.S. undergraduates with financial need, administered by IIE, and also manages the EducationUSA network of advising offices, providing information to students around the world who wish to study in the United States. For more information on the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange activities, visit

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