The California State University, Chico placed second among master’s level institutions for the number of students studying abroad for a year or longer, according to the Institute of International Education.
According to the university’s press release, Chico State has been ranked third or higher the last five years. Between 2011 and 2012, the university had a total of 305 students studying around the world.
In that same span, 98 of those students stayed for the entire academic year, second only to San Francisco State. Jenn Gruber, the Study Abroad and International Exchange Coordinator for Chico State, said a full academic year is considered “superior” in study abroad programs because those students gain significantly more when they go beyond a one-semester experience.
“Chico State’s study abroad program encourages yearlong participation because it offers the best opportunity for full cultural adaptation, foreign language development and personal growth,” said Gruber. “Long-term duration of study abroad experiences is also considered an indication of the program’s quality and provides students with a competitive edge post-graduation.”
The study abroad data was issued in the Institute of International Education’s annual “Open Doors Report,” which keeps tabs on more than 2000,000 U.S. students from nearly 3,000 accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Other CSU’s earning high rankings included Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (T-4th) California State Long Beach (T-4th) San Jose State University (6th) California State University, Northridge (11th) Sacramento State (19th) and California state University, San Marcos (20th).
Chico State offers study abroad programs in 30 countries and 80 cities around the world, including options for summer, semester, yearlong and winder intersession study. For more information visit www.csuchico.edu/studyabroad.