Webster’s Study Abroad Program Ranked Nationally in Open Doors Report

Flags in the University center Webster University’s Study Abroad Program was ranked first in the Midwest for long-term study abroad durations

ST. LOUIS (NOV. 17, 2014) - Webster University’s Study Abroad Program was ranked first in Missouri and first in the Midwest among comprehensive universities for long-term study abroad durations by the Institute of International Education’s annual “Open Doors Report,” released today.

Webster was also ranked on several other Open Doors lists:

  • Third among all private universities in Missouri for sending the most students to study abroad
  • Fifth overall among all private universities in Missouri for hosting international students
  • Sixth among all public and private universities in the state for sending students abroad
  • 16th among all national U.S. master’s degree-granting institutions for sending students abroad

 This is the fourth consecutive year that Webster’s program has been recognized by the prestigious ranking. U.S. News and World Report recognized the study abroad program as among the best in the country earlier this year.

“Webster’s vision is to offer a global diversity and perspective in all of its courses at all of its campuses, and having a strong study abroad program that introduces students to new cultures and ideas is a key component of that goal,” said Grant Chapman, associate vice president and director of International Programs. “We recently have expanded our program to include opportunities to study in Greece and look forward to continuing this commitment to global education.”

The Institute of international Education releases the annual “Open Doors Report.” It surveys approximately 1,500 universities in the United States and looks at how many students from each institution studied in another country while also measuring how many students from other countries attend each institution. The ranking also is split into lists of universities that offer bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees.

Nationally, Webster ranked at 412th out of 1,491 institutions for hosting international, and 282nd out of 938 institutions for sending the most students abroad. Among all master’s-granting institutions, Webster ranked 16th nationally for sending the most students abroad for a long-term duration. Webster is the only Midwest master’s-granting university in the Top 20 for sending the most students abroad for a long-term duration. Webster was ranked 13th in 2013, 9th in 2012 and 9th 2011 in the nation for sending students abroad for long-term program.

Webster has an even more robust study abroad program than the survey measures, Chapman said. “We have a number of students who count one of our international campuses as their home campus, and they are studying at another one of our international campuses,” he said. “Many of those campuses, such as Geneva and Thailand, also accept students from other countries. But the survey only looks at those from the U.S. or who study in the U.S.

The complete “Open Doors” rankings can be found online at http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors.

This isn’t the first recognition of Webster’s study abroad program. In September, the program was listed as having one of the best study abroad programs in the nation and also having one of the highest percentages of international students among its student body in the U.S. News and World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges” 2015 edition. According to the editors of the “America’s Best Colleges” report, college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students and deans of admissions from more than 1,500 schools nominated up to 10 institutions with stellar examples of study abroad programs. The 30 institutions with the most nominations were listed in the guide, but were not ranked.

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 and a robust online learning program. 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, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.