Encouraging Study Abroad Opportunities in a Progressively Global Economy

While international student enrollment continues to decline in America, study abroad participants are growing year over year.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a full 16% of those students earning bachelor’s degrees will study abroad at some point in their undergraduate career, with the number of American students studying abroad growing 2.3% in the past year. Researchers attribute this to both the number of new non-foreign language specific programs as well as an increase in the number of shorter-term study abroad opportunities.

The takeaway? In a global economy, studying abroad can be a helpful broaden-the-mind experience for a young student. And at a comparable, or sometimes even less cost compared to studying at home, how can we better promote and empower our students toward these study abroad opportunities?


May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.