The 20 best colleges for studying abroad

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For students with the travel bug, a college’s study abroad program can make or break where they decide to go to school. But before students can jet off to their country of choice, they need to find a program that is the right fit for them.

The Princeton Review recently released its 2017 college rankings, which included a list of the 20 most popular study abroad programsin the US.

To create the ranking, The Princeton Review asked 143,000 students at 381 schools “How popular is studying abroad at your school?” Students responded on a five-point scale ranging from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.”

Read on to learn why these colleges have the most popular study abroad programs.

20. University of Delaware

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Location: Newark, Delaware

The Institute for Global Studies at UDel coordinates over 70 study-abroad programs annually. This fall, UDel is leading trips to a dozen countries including Japan, Italy, Portugal, and France.

UDel also offers winter and summer programs that last anywhere from three to five weeks, and offers one or two courses in a variety of disciplines.

19. Syracuse University

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Location: Syracuse, New York

SU Abroad has more than 60 World Partner programs where students can enroll, pay tuition, receive grants, and retain scholarships and financial aid through Syracuse while abroad. These programs appeal to students interested in a specific school, country, or area of study, like attending film school in Prague or studying biodiversity in Madagascar.

Syracuse also has eight centers abroad that host SU students in five European countries as well as Turkey, China, and Chile.

18. Carleton College

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Location: Northfield, Minnesota

Carleton College employs a faculty-led program model that extends “The Carleton Experience” off-campus. This year, the school is offering 18 study-abroad programs led by faculty and sponsored by a number of academic departments. Destinations include Ireland, France, and Russia.

17. Bates College

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Location: Lewiston, Maine

Bates College makes the option to study abroad easy for its students. Itsshort-term program – students are required to complete two extended courses offered after the spring semester – lets students learn about renaissance culture in England or study anthropology in Bali.

Bates also offers a faculty-ledFall Semester Abroad, which is open to all students who want to learn or enhance a language. The college offers a number of semester- or year-long programs as well.

16. Dickinson College

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Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Education Abroad at Dickinson immerses students in the study of foreign language. Three categories of study abroad – Dickinson programs, partner programs, and non-Dickinson programs – all offer semester- or year-long courses abroad.

Nearly 70% of students who study abroad and 40% of Dickinson faculty participate in Dickinson programs in more than a dozen countries. Its Global Mosaics allow students to take semester-long courses on campus then travel abroad to partake in fieldwork or immersion work.

15. St. Lawrence University

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Location: Canton,New York

St. Lawrence invites students to apply for 28 different semester- or year-long programs as well as an additional nine programs which are operated by the university. St. Lawrence programs include domestic and international excursions from the Adirondacks to Kenya to London.

14. University of San Diego

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Location: San Diego, California

A huge percentage of USD students travel abroad to study, research, or intern through the university’s 135 programs in 44 countries.

USD’sMadrid Centeris the school’s first permanent international location. The center coordinates homestays and aids students participating in the Madrid semester program.

13. University of Richmond

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Location: Richmond, Virginia

At University of Richmond, students praise the “unparalleled resources” available at the school including, its study-abroad program: UR offers over 75year- or semester-long programs. If students don’t want to commit to those options, they can also choose a summer study abroadsession in countries like Argentina, Australia, and Japan.

12. Juniata College

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Location: Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Juniata College makes studying abroad accessible to all students by offering a number of different programs all year round, even during the winter and summer terms. Students can choose from 59 programs in 24 different countries. Once students return from their study-abroad experiences, they can also participate in the school’sLanguage in Motionprogram, in which Juniata students partner with K-12 classes to teach students about new cultures and languages.

11. Susquehanna University

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Location: Selinsgrove,Pennsylvania

Students at Susquehanna are required to participate in the Global Opportunities (GO) program and have the option of a GO long semester, GO short semester, or GO Your Own Way program.”I believe that every young adult should have access to a cross-cultural experience and I value Susquehanna for making such an experience a priority for its students,” said one student about the requirement.

10. St. Olaf College

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Location: Northfield, Minnesota

St. Olaf encourages its students to be”globally conscious citizens,” which is why it offers over 80 differentsemester- or year-long programs in six continents. The college also offersstudy travels, which are programs centered on an educational theme such as opera in Italy or sacred sites in Turkey and led by faculty members.

9. Gettysburg College

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Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg College encourages its students to spend at least one semester studying off-campus. By the time they graduate, more than half of the student body does. Over 95% of those students choose to participate in one of Gettysburg’s Center for Global Education-affiliated programs, which partner with over50 countries. Studentscan also apply tonon-affiliated programs, research experiences, and internships abroad.

8. University of Denver

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Location: Denver, Colorado

DU is committed to its comprehensive study abroad experiences, which is why students have the opportunity to become Cherrington Global Scholars – a scholarship program that off-sets study abroad costs for qualifying students. Other options for students interested in going abroad include applying to a DU partner program or unaffiliated international program.

7. Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Location: Geneva, New York

About 60% of students at Hobart and William Smith College choose to go abroad during their time in school, whether it be for a semester, short-term program, or an internship. Students can choose from about60 programsoffered in six continents. The school also offers summer and winter faculty-led programsin Wales, Siberia, Guatemala, and Bali.

6. Union College

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Location: Schenectady, New York

Union offers more than 50termandmini-term(three week) study-abroad opportunities,both domestically and overseas. Most of the programs are led by Union faculty, so student-teacher mentorships can move beyond the classroom.Kenyais a new destination offered this year.

5. Goucher College

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Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Goucher College is the first liberal arts college to require students to study abroad at least once through a semester, year-long, three-week, summer, or internship program in one of32 countries.

The school also provides a list of additional international fellowship and volunteer opportunitiesfor returning students who have been “bit by the travel bug.”

4. University of Dallas

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Location: Irving, Texas

The University of Dallas’flagship study-abroad program at its Rome campushas been in operation for over 45 years.Through the program, students spend a semester living in an Italian villa, studying Western tradition, and attending mass at The Vatican.

The school’sModern Language Programlets students immerse themselves in the culture and language in countries like France and Costa Rica.

3. Elon University

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Location: Elon, North Carolina

“Those trips were the best part about going to Elon,” said one student about studying abroad at the university. Eighty percent of the class of 2016 participated in one of Elon’s semester, winter, or summer programs facilitated by the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center. Elon’s most popular destinations are Florence, London, Shanghai, and Costa Rica, where Elon operates its own centers abroad.

Elon is also expanding its Study USA programs at its domestic centers in Los Angeles, New York, Alaska, and Washington, DC.

2. Centre College

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Location: Danville,Kentucky

Centre College is No. 1 in the nation in terms of percentage of students (85%) who study abroad without requiring it, according to its website. Students can spend a semester inone of nine of its staff-run programs in China, Japan, Ireland, England, Mexico, Spain, Scotland, France, or Germany. Centre also offers short-term trips to countries in almost every continent during the winter and summer terms.

1. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Location: Worcester, Massachusetts

More than10,000 studentshave partaken in WPI’s Global Projects Program since it started in 1970. Students can choose to participate inover 40 projectsin over 25 countries. It’s not a typical study abroad experience, though. Students call the projects “life-changing,” whether they study the impacts of climate change in New Zealand or help with health awareness in Namibia.