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UMD International Programs Rank High on National Survey

By Maryland Today Staff

The University of Maryland’s Education Abroad programs ranked No. 20 nationally for the number of students participating in a semester-long study abroad program, according to rankings released yesterday by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. State Department.

The Open Doors survey ranked UMD No. 32 nationally for number of students studying abroad for academic credit among public and private universities for 2017–18, the most recent numbers available.

A total of 340,751 U.S. students studied abroad in the 2017–18 academic school year, an increase of 2.6% over the previous year. UMD programs doubled that national rate increase, sending 1,871 students abroad, up 5%.

The survey found nearly flat overall international enrollment, inching up .05%, but reported a 10% decline among first-time international students at U.S. institutions in 2018–19 from their peak of over 300,000 in 2015–16.

UMD, meanwhile, maintained its No. 31 ranking among doctorate-granting universities for international students, with more than 6,400.

This data is released annually during IEW, a celebration of international education and exchange sponsored by the State Department and U.S. Department of Education. For information on UMD’s IEW events, visit and follow on social media with #IEW2019 and #GlobalUMD.

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