FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 16, 2002
Bruce Hanna, UC Education Abroad Program (805) 893-4259
Interest in education abroad surges following 9/11
Despite concerns raised by the events of Sept. 11, the University
of California's Education Abroad Program appears to be headed
for a 20 percent increase in enrollment, program director
John A. Marcum reported today (May 16).
Since Sept. 11, 2001, 5,700 students have requested applications
for overseas study. Based on current monitoring and past patterns,
3,400 of those students will actually enroll during the 2002-03
academic year to make up the 20 percent jump from 2001-02,
More than 50 percent of the students are expected to study
in Europe, including more than 500 in Spain and more than
400 in the United Kingdom. Additional large contingents of
students will study in China and Japan through the auspices
of the Education Abroad Program (EAP).
"EAP expands the context and content of learning by
exposing students to the challenges of diverse languages and
intellectual traditions, other approaches to knowledge and
different cultural assumptions," Marcum said. "The
program develops internationally aware citizens and enhances
the potential of students to understand, respond to and contribute
to a rapidly changing world."
Students are taking advantage of new options of studying
abroad for a semester, or a summer rather than a whole year
abroad, Marcum said.
The latest figures reflect a pattern of large year-to-year
enrollment growth that has been underway for more than a decade.
Enrollment in UC's Education Abroad Program has doubled since
1990, and since the 1999-2000 academic year, enrollment has
increased by an average of 16 percent per year. The tempo
increased in 2001-02, when the program grew approximately
19 percent from the previous year.
Increased Education Abroad Program enrollment, along with
increased summer enrollment and an expanded program in Washington,
D.C., are among the strategies being used by the University
of California to address an expected systemwide enrollment
increase of approximately 60,000 students in the decade between
2000 and 2010.
The University of California opened its first education abroad
study center at the University of Bordeaux in France in 1962.
Since then, nearly 40,000 UC students have studied in more
than 150 universities in nearly 50 countries.
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