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University of Portland ranked 9th nationally among peers in students studying abroad

University of Portland is ranked 9th nationally among its peer institutions in students studying abroad for a long-term duration, defined as more than one academic semester. The rankings are part of the “Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange,” conducted by the Institute of International Education. The University had 40 students study abroad long-term in 2011-12, placing the school 9th overall and in the top 15 of the list for 13 consecutive years.

The full Open Doors Report from the IIE is available here:

Many of the 40 students who studied abroad long-term participated in the landmark Salzburg program, which began in 1964 and is the oldest and most popular study abroad program at the University of Portland.

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our flagship program in Salzburg, Austria, we are grateful for the many faculty, staff and benefactors who have made this special opportunity for yearlong study available to almost 2,000 students,” said Rev. Arthur Wheeler, C.S.C., director of the University’s studies abroad program and assistant to the provost. “The loyalty and generosity of the Salzburg program alumni are noteworthy, and it is remarkable to me how many former Salzburgers keep in contact with their friends from this program for years and even decades past graduation.”

Academically, the Salzburg program is centered on yearlong courses in art history, German, and music that are supplemented by tours to France, Greece, and Italy. The program is notable for its continuity – four faculty members have served for more than 35 years apiece, and legendary housekeeper Frau Strobl has served more than 40 years.

Beyond the Salzburg program, the University offers multiple opportunities for students to explore the world and immerse themselves in new cultures and experiences through academic programs abroad. Students have the opportunity to participate in programs that touch all corners of the globe, including University programs in London, Australia, Tokyo, Rome, Chile, Spain and Ireland and 25 locations worldwide through IES (Institute for the International Education of Students).

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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