Miami, FL. Nov. 15, 2017 – A recent report by the Institute of International Education, and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, ranks Miami Dade College (MDC) as third college of its kind in the country and number one in Florida for study abroad participation.
Institute of International Education released data findings from its 2017 Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange, which shows that 325,339 U.S. students received academic credit last year at the home campus for study abroad in 2015-16, an increase of four percent from the previous year. Study abroad by U.S. students has more than tripled in the past two decades.
MDC has seen a 23% increase in study abroad participation since last academic year.
“Students are becoming increasingly aware of the relevance of study abroad and its connection to competitiveness in the global workforce,” said Tatiana Mackliff, executive director of International Education at MDC.
MDC currently offers students the opportunity to study abroad in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and in 2018 will add Morocco, South Africa and Iceland to the list of destinations. MDC is also an active member and commitment partner of the global movement called Generation Study Abroad, aimed at engaging 600,000 U.S. students in study abroad by the end of the decade.
During the 2016-17 academic year, the Office of International Education assisted students to win Gilman Scholarships, Frederick Douglass Global Fellowships, Fulbright Killam Fellowships, Diversity Abroad Awards and participate in fully paid grant programs to France and Colombia.
The Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of campuses regarding the international students in the United States since 1919, and with support from 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. Open Doors also conducts and reports on separate surveys on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit (since 1985), and on international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs. For more information, visit https://www.iie.org.