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November 2015

Santa Clara University Nationally Ranked in Study Abroad and International Student Programs

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 17, 2015 — Santa Clara University has one of the highest percentages of students studying abroad and of international students in master’s institutions according to the Open Doors 2015 report.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors 2015 report, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, looked at approximately 3,000 colleges and universities in the U.S.

It ranked Santa Clara University No. 5 for the number of students studying abroad on “mid-length” programs that are one semester or quarter in duration, No. 28  for the total number of study abroad students among master’s degree granting institutions, and No. 22 for the total number of international students among top master’s degree institutions.

“Santa Clara continues to cultivate growth in our global programs as part of our Institutional Strategic Plan. Our success is indicative of the continued importance that universities place on global education and on preparing students with the tools to succeed in a borderless, global workplace,”  said Susan Popko, associate provost for international programs at Santa Clara University.

Santa Clara University hosted 1,390 international students and scholars hailing from all over the world including India, China, and South Korea, which are considered the top places of origin of international students according to the report.

According to the report, in 2014–2015, the number of international students in the U.S. increased by 10 percent to a record high of 974,926 students with California remaining the top host state with 135,130 students.

India, China, and Brazil account for most of the growth in international students on U.S. campuses. While China remains the top country of origin of international students in the U.S., increasing by 11 percent to 304,040, India’s growth outpaced China’s this year, with students from India increasing 29.4 percent to a record high of 132,888.

U.S. student participation in study abroad has more than tripled over the past two decades. As reported by Open Doors data, 304,467 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in 2013–14, an increase of 5.2 percent over the previous year. During that same year, 479 Santa Clara University students studied abroad.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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