Department of State recognizes Lewis & Clark as top school for overseas study
November 20, 2014
Lewis & Clark has been named one of the top 10 baccalaureate institutions for semester- and year-long overseas programs. The rankings, presented by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, also show Lewis & Clark in the top 15 undergraduate schools for U.S. students studying abroad.
The overseas study program is one of the most distinguishing features of the college, attracting students from—and sending students to—every corner of the globe. More than 60 percent of Lewis & Clark students go on an overseas program, many in countries outside of Western Europe.
“As the world continues to miniaturize, we remain committed to providing our students with experiences that strive for global competence and responsibility,” said Larry Meyers, director of overseas and off-campus programs. “We want students to understand the way people of the host country view the rest of the world, and gain insight by comparing and contrasting American institutions and values with those of the host country.”
Lewis & Clark also ranked among the top 20 baccalaureate institutions for number of international students and scholars.
“Our more than 200 international students play an integral role at Lewis & Clark,” said Brian White, associate dean and director of international students and scholars. “Their opinions challenge the assumptions and beliefs expressed by U.S. students and faculty members in the classroom; their lifestyles bring cultural diversity and new ways of doing things to campus life; and their presence provides opportunities for the community to look beyond its borders.”
The Open Doors report is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities. The data presented are obtained each year through surveys sent to approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. higher education institutions, which report on the international students enrolled at their campuses. Separate surveys are conducted for U.S. study abroad, international scholars, and intensive English programs.