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St. Olaf ranks No. 1 in study abroad for 10th straight year

St. Olaf College students at Machu Picchu as part of the Peruvian Medical Experience program in January 2018.

St. Olaf College sent more students to study abroad during the 2016–17 academic year than any other baccalaureate institution in the nation, according to the Open Doors 2018 Report on International Educational Exchange.

This marks the 10th straight year the college has ranked first among its peers in the total number of students studying abroad.

“St. Olaf is delighted to be celebrating 10 years of being the No. 1 baccalaureate institution for total number of study abroad participants and more than 70 years of history in off-campus study,” says Director of Off-Campus Studies Jodi Malmgren ’92. “Our faculty develop and lead innovative and rigorous programs across a wide spectrum of disciplines and locations. Our partners offer St. Olaf students access to some of the world’s leading institutions and create internships and service learning opportunities that engage students in their communities. Our alumni and partners give generously to scholarships to help make off-campus study accessible.”

St. Olaf currently offers study abroad programs in nearly 40 countries, including more than 60 semester or year-long programs and nearly 30 courses each January. Faculty-led semester programs include Global Semester and Environmental Science in Australia and New Zealand.

Nadine Dogbe ’19 while on the “Comparative Public Health: The U.S. and the World” program in January 2018.

According to the Open Doors report, St. Olaf also ranked first in short-term study abroad numbers for baccalaureate institutions.

Open Doors is the comprehensive information resource on international students in the United States and on the more than 330,000 U.S. students who study abroad as part of their academic experience. The Institute of International Education publishes the Open Doors report annually with funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.