Penn State among top universities for international engagement

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State is ranked seventh nationally for the number of students studying abroad and 15th for its international student enrollment, according to the Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors report released in November.

Penn State had a total of 5,715 international students enrolled University-wide and 5,207 at University Park alone, accounting for more than $160,000,000 in economic impact on the state of Pennsylvania in tuition, fees and living expenses, according to the National Association of Foreign Student Association's annual Economic Impact Statement.

“It is no accident that our numbers continue to rise,” said Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs. “The University is committed to building the Global Penn State, which is a combination of student and faculty engagement overseas but also inviting the world’s brightest scholars to come to us.”

Penn State also ranked seventh in the nation for the number of students participating in education abroad opportunities.

“We are pleased to see the number of education abroad participants continue to rise,” said Barbara Rowe, executive director of education abroad for the University Office of Global Programs. “We offer more than 200 opportunities around the world for a variety of costs and duration to help more students gain a global experience.”

The Open Doors report is released annually in conjunction with International Education Week, which was celebrated Nov. 14-18, and includes numbers of students engaged in practical training and the Intensive English Communication Program.

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Last Updated February 06, 2013