George Fox a national leader in study abroad participation

Each year, George Fox sends hundreds of students overseas through Juniors Abroad and other international study programs.With more than half of its undergraduates participating in international experiences, George Fox University is a national leader in providing study abroad and international outreach opportunities to its students.

Fifty-four percent of the university’s traditional undergraduates study abroad before graduation. According to data compiled by U.S. News & World Report magazine for its 2011 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, George Fox ranks No. 49 out of approximately 1,400 accredited institutions in the nation in percentage of students studying outside the country. George Fox also was among the top five Christian colleges in study abroad participation.

In addition, the university annually hosts an international service trip, May Serve, that sends about 20 students to work with the people of a specific country. Past trips have gone to South Africa, Thailand, Malawi, Russia, Romania, Jamaica, Cuba, Brazil, India, Swaziland and the Philippines.

George Fox students have several options for studying abroad. Since 1987, the university’s Juniors Abroad program has sent third- and fourth-year students on three-week overseas study trips led by professors. Trips occur during May or June and students prepare by studying the region during a spring semester course. George Fox pays transportation and program costs; students pay room and board.

In May of 2010, George Fox University students took Juniors Abroad trips to Australia, Africa, Western Europe, Central America, Egypt, China, Tibet, Ethiopia and Tunisia.

Students also may participate in one of several semester-long overseas experiences. The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) student programs include the Australian Studies Centre Program, the China Studies Program, the Semester in Ecuador Program, the New Zealand and Samoa South Pacific Program, the Semester in Senegal Program, the India Studies Program, and the Uganda Studies Program.

Other affiliated study abroad sites include the Semester in France Program, the Semester in Spain Program, the Semester in Costa Rica Program, and the GoEd Mekong Program.

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