Open Doors 2012 Report Ranks Webster University in Top 10

Webster University's Study Abroad program has received another prestigious recognition, ranking in top 10 for long-term study abroad participation and first in Midwest.

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 14, 2012 – Webster University's Study Abroad program has received another prestigious recognition. According to the Institute of International Education's annual "Open Doors Report," just released, Webster's long-term study abroad programs rank in the top 10 among all U.S. master's degree-granting institutions, and first in the same category among Midwestern institutions.

In September, for the second consecutive year, the University's Study Abroad program received special recognition, ranking in the top 2 percent of the nearly 1,400 colleges and universities surveyed, in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 "America's Best Colleges" edition.

Last month, in a special section entitled "College, Reinvented," the Chronicle of Higher Education singled out Webster as a model of international higher education, one that uses its global presence to recreate real intellectual circulation. According to the Chronicle story, "much of Webster's international mobility is simply baked into its structure. The common curriculum and the assortment of foreign campuses makes it easier for U.S.-based students to study abroad without worrying if they'll get off track and graduate late. About 20 percent of the undergraduates go overseas."

"The 'Open Doors Report' is another confirmation of Webster's commitment to serving as a first-choice university for students who desire study abroad opportunities and global academic excellence," said Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. "Increasingly, Webster is being recognized nationally and internationally for a history of and growing commitment to global study and citizenship.

Julian Z. Schuster, Webster University provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer, added, "This is validation that Webster University is achieving global academic and operational excellence by providing the highest-quality study abroad opportunities for our students. We are also proud to serve as a resource for other colleges and universities by offering the opportunity for their students to study at Webster University campus locations in Europe and Asia."

"This is a very important recognition of Webster's commitment to long-term serious study abroad learning experiences and opportunities for our students," said Grant Chapman, associate vice president and director of international programs.  "I am delighted that Webster University is first in the Midwest for long-term duration of study abroad by institutional type."

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. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

The Open Doors Report is published by the Institute of International Education, the nation's leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since 1919, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972. Open Doors also reports on U.S. students studying abroad.

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