There are A LOT of international experiences that can be tallied. These include non-credit bearing programs like adventure travel, language immersions, volunteer and internships abroad, in addition to traditional study abroad.
We do know one thing; students like to travel. According to a special report from StudentUniverse + Skift http://skift.com/2014/10/07/new-free-skift-report-the-state-of-student-travel/
“The student traveler represents fully one-fifth of all international arrivals in the travel
industry, today. They command a market value of some $320 billion and they are willing
to spend to create experiences that go far beyond the backpack-and-party crowd that
some would assert to have once characterized educational journeys abroad.”
Abroad101 is designed to encourage students to undertake an experience off-campus and outside their comfort zones. We have accounts of study abroad, study away, education abroad, internships abroad, volunteer, intensive language and even pre-college gap year programs. As the reviews attest, the maturing and learning that occurs has a profound impact on the individual student and a compound impact on society. Our hope is to demonstrate that there is opportunity worldwide in unique and surprising places and that the first hand accounts of students will pave the way for more students to challenge themselves and expose themselves to the world. Along the way, we have compiled our own statistics and view of the world based on reviews received and traffic patterns in our program directories. Here are a few more data points to think about:
Top Study Abroad Providers
Most Popular Foreign Universities (Direct Enrollment & Exchange)
Most Desired Countries to Study Abroad
Most Desired Cities to Study Abroad
Cities with the Most Study Abroad Programs
Most Popular First Names of Study Abroad Students
And from the Abroad101 Annual Rankings:
Top Rated Study Abroad Cities: http://www.studyabroad101.com/rankings/2013#top_cities
Top Rated Study Abroad Programs:
Top Rated Study Abroad Providers:
Top Rated non-traditional Study Abroad Countries:
Most Affordable Study Abroad Destinations
To students, parents and their advisors we say “Expose yourself to the world” then come back and share it by submitting a review.
To university administrators, we hope you will use Abroad101 as your official program evaluation tool to help us collect our data and help you capture your own data on study abroad
For more information on study abroad statistics please visit our article which includes information on IIE Open Doors project.