The College of Charleston is ranked highly in the latest report on study abroad released by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The

Photo from the English department's Spoleto study abroad program

Photo from the English department’s Spoleto study abroad program

report, Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, was released November 17, 2014. It covers data on study abroad by American students in the 2012-2013 academic year.

The College is ranked sixth among the top 40 U.S. master’s-level institutions for number of students who studied abroad, up from 10th for the 2011-2012 academic year. The report also shows the College at 11th in semester-long study abroad and 10th in short-term (summer) study abroad participation, up from 13th in the previous year.  Additionally, the data highlights the fact that 35 percent of graduating seniors studied abroad in 2012-2013, the highest showing ever by the College.

Andrew Sobiesuo, associate provost for International Education, said, “These rankings reflect the remarkable success of our efforts thus far to increase the number of students at the College with a high impact, international experience. We are thrilled with our progress, and expect to continue this growth next year.”

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The College currently offers six semester-long and 30 short-term study abroad programs for students. These are complemented by student-exchange programs with universities in 14 countries and several affiliate programs to different locations around the world.