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Public Affairs, Community & Government Relations
For Immediate Release: Nov. 16, 2017
Nov. 16, 2017, Providence, RI - Providence College (PC) was recently ranked 10th in the United States for semester-long study abroad in the category of Master's Colleges and Universities. The designation was released in the annual "Open Doors" report conducted by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and covers the 2015-16 academic year, the latest year reported.
"Increasingly, semester study abroad is an integral component of the academic program we offer at Providence College," said Adrian Beaulieu, dean of international studies. "Because of our focus on curricular integration and now career integration, more students see the value of studying abroad as part of their degree in preparing them for future professional and personal success."
The report showed PC with 311 students who spent a semester studying abroad during the 2015-16 academic year. That amounted to approximately 30% of the College's junior year class.
According to the report, study abroad participation grew nationally by 3.8% overall from the previous year, to a total of 325,339 students. The top ten countries visited were: the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, China, Ireland, Australia, Costa Rica, and Japan.
Founded in 1917, Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 4,000 students and offers degrees in 50 academic majors. Since 1997, Providence College consistently has been ranked among the top five regional universities in the North according to U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges."