Valencia College has ranked fourth in the nation for the total number of short-term duration study-abroad students for associates colleges in the 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Valencia follows behind the College of DuPage in Illinois (198 study abroad students), Pellissippi State Community College in Tennessee (189) and Kirkwood Community College in Iowa (153) with 120 study abroad students in 2013-2014. Open Doors is published by the Institute of International Education, an independent, not-for-profit organization with more than 1,400 member institutions.
According to the study, “Five percent more American students — a total of 304,467 — studied abroad for academic credit from their U.S. colleges and universities in 2013-14 as compared with the prior year. This is the highest rate of growth in study abroad in five years, since the 9 percent increase in 2007-08. Study abroad decreased slightly following the 2008 economic downturn, followed by modest increases in recent years.”
“The SAGE team is very proud of this accomplishment, shared Jennifer Robertson, director, study abroad and global experiences (SAGE). “Everyone has worked very hard to build a study abroad office that has become a model for other institutions in the state in a relatively short period of time. But while we worked hard on the office infrastructure, a big thank you also goes out to all the faculty who have led study abroad at Valencia over the last several years. It takes a great deal of time, effort and dedication to put a study abroad program together and bring everyone back home safely. This has truly been a team effort!”
This year, SAGE has another round of exciting study abroad programs to offer. A group of 10 students just returned from India during spring break to study field biology and, this summer, students will visit Switzerland, France, Spain, Ireland, Italy, and China.
Programs for 2017 are under review and should be approved soon. For details, visit the SAGE Web page at the end of April to see what’s new for next year, and encourage students to study abroad. The SAGE Office will send a representative out to the classroom if requested.
For students who are interested in international education, but do not plan to study abroad, they have the opportunity to enroll in Valencia’s Global Distinction Program. More than 40 courses are on the Global Distinction approved list so far, and faculty are welcome to internationalize their courses and apply to get them on the Global Distinction course list. For more information, contact Joanna Branham, staff assistant II, at firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 3830.