Rhodes College Ranked Among Leading Institutions for Study Abroad

image of Rhodes College students walking in London
Rhodes College students in London (photo by Jadyn Scott ’24)

Rhodes is among the nation’s leading institutions for study abroad, according to the Open Doors 2023 Report on International Educational Exchange released by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Rhodes ranked in the following three categories:

  • No. 29 for number of undergraduates participating (196 total for Rhodes)
  • No. 31 for participating baccalaureate colleges
  • No. 13 for numbers of students participating in short term programs

The  rankings are based on participation in academic year 2021–2022. “The Open Doors 2023 Report shows that during the 2021-2022 academic year, U.S. study abroad rebounded to more than half of pre-pandemic levels,” according to a news release by IIE. “The rebound signals a critical turning point in students' ability to pursue in-person experiences abroad safely.”

“We are certainly celebrating Rhodes’ significant return to the national rankings for study abroad,” said Dr. Erin Hillis, director of the college’s Buckman Center for International Education. “Achievements like this wouldn’t be possible without the combined focus and effort of our enthusiastic faculty and dedicated Buckman Center staff. Our short-term summer programs with Rhodes faculty continue to be a highlight for students’ experiences while in college. Because study abroad is an essential part of a liberal arts education, Rhodes’ institutional aid is portable for a semester abroad, making a term in Prague, Accra, Cuenca, or hundreds of other global cities possible for students regardless of their financial backgrounds.”

For close to 75 years, Open Doors has been a comprehensive information resource on international students studying at higher education institutions in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.