Webster University’s Study Abroad Program Receives Recognition

‘Open Doors 2013’ Report Ranks Webster University First in Missouri and Midwest Region in Long-Term Study Abroad Participation

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 22, 2013 – Webster University’s Study Abroad program has received another prestigious recognition. Webster’s long-term study abroad programs rank 13th among all U.S. master’s degree-granting institutions, and first in the same category among Missouri institutions as well as among all Midwestern institutions, according to the Institute of international Education’s recently released annual “Open Doors Report.”

Over the past several years the excellence of Webster’s Study Abroad program has also been ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report. And in 2012, in a special section entitled “College, Reinvented,” the Chronicle of Higher Education singled out Webster as a model of international higher education, one that uses its global presence to recreate real intellectual circulation. According to the Chronicle story, “much of Webster’s international mobility is simply baked into its structure. The common curriculum and the assortment of foreign campuses makes it easier for U.S.-based students to study abroad without worrying if they’ll get off track and graduate late. About 20 percent of the undergraduates go overseas.”

“High-quality study abroad programs are essential to our vision of becoming the premier U.S.-based university setting the standard for global education,” said Webster President Elizabeth J. “Beth” Stroble. “We are proud that our study abroad programs help immerse our students in the rich diversity of the human experience. With the opening of our campus in Ghana, on our fourth continent, we look forward to continuing this mission-driven commitment to global education and innovation.”

“The rankings are reflective of our continued leadership in global education," said Julian Schuster, Webster University provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer. "Through the development of robust study abroad options at our international campuses and the launch of our Global Citizenship Program common curriculum, we are imparting to our students the foundational knowledge and skills they need to be true global citizens in this truly global century.” 

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.