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Wagner makes Study Abroad Top 40

Open Doors    For the first time, Wagner College was listed among the Top 40 master’s-granting colleges and universities in the country for undergraduate Study Abroad participation in the annual Open Doors report, issued by the Institute of International Education. The new report was released on Monday, Nov. 15 at a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
When Devorah Lieberman came to Wagner College in 2004 as the new provost, she made internationalization one of her top priorities.
“We live in a closely connected world, and Wagner College has made a commitment to educate our students in such a way that they are prepared to fully participate in that global community. This recognition demonstrates that we are achieving that goal,” Lieberman said. “I am very proud of our Study Abroad opportunities, which give Wagner students a chance to put their classroom learning into practice in the global environment. Today’s Wagner graduates are truly the global civic professionals of tomorrow.”
Wagner College was ranked #33 for participation in Study Abroad programs on the 2008-09 nationwide list of colleges and universities that grant master’s degrees. It was the only master’s institution in the Greater New York area appearing on the list. Two doctoral institutions (NYU and Princeton) and one baccalaureate college (Drew University) from the region appeared on their respective Top 40 rankings. All three lists for the most recently reported year (2008-09) can be examined online.
Wagner’s Top 40 ranking is based on IIE’s calculation that, during the 2008-09 academic year, we had 149 “Undergraduate Study Abroad Students.” Then, taking that number as a percentage of the number of undergraduate degrees the college conferred during that year (475), they said that Wagner had 31.4% “Estimated Participation in Study Abroad” — placing Wagner College at Number 33 on the Top 40 list of master's schools for the 2008-09 academic year.
By the college’s own count, it had 156 students enrolled in Study Abroad programs during the 2008-09 year. More than half (80 students) were enrolled in Wagner’s Expanding Your Horizons program, which combined a one-semester classroom course with a 10-day study trip abroad. Another 76 students were enrolled in traditional Study Abroad programs for a semester or year overseas in Israel, Spain, France or Italy.
For more information about Wagner College’s Study Abroad programs, contact the school’s Center for Intercultural Advancement.

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