George Fox among top 40 nationally in study abroad participation

George Fox ranks among the top 40 nationally and among the top five Christian colleges in study abroad participation.

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, ranking among the top 40 in the nation in study abroad participation, according to U.S. News &  World Report.

Fifty-three percent of the university’s traditional undergraduates study abroad before graduation. According to data compiled by U.S. News for its 2012 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, George Fox ranks No. 37 out of approximately 1,400 accredited institutions in the nation in percentage of students studying outside the country. George Fox also ranked No. 5 among the 113 members of the Christian Colleges & Universities in study abroad participation.

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 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 Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Malawi, Russia, Romania, Jamaica, Cuba, Brazil, India, Swaziland and the Philippines.

In May of 2011, George Fox University students took Juniors Abroad trips to Thailand, Cambodia, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Greece, China, Tibet, Ecuador, Nicaragua and South Africa.

In 2012, trips planned include visits to Holland, France, Central America, China, East Africa, Egypt, Germany, Austria, India, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Vietnam and Hong Kong.

Students also may participate in one of several semester-long overseas experiences. The 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 Scholars’ Semester in Oxford, England, program.

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