1351 University of Iowa students—978 undergraduates and 373 graduate and professional students—studied abroad in 75 different countries during 2011-12.
Comparing the number of undergraduates who studied abroad to the number of bachelor's degrees awarded by the UI during 2011-12 (4,351) indicates that approximately 22% of the current graduating class studied abroad.
Among the UI undergraduates, 1% were first-year students, 10% sophomores, 44% juniors, and 45% seniors.
Field of Study
Undergraduates who studied abroad during 2011-12 had 65 different majors; 68% of students represented the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 22% were in the Tippie College of Business, 7% in the College of Engineering, 2% in the College of Nursing, and 1% from the College of Education.
UI undergraduates studied abroad in 58 different countries during 2011-12 and UI graduate students studied in 52 different countries. Combining undergraduate and graduate student destinations, 75 countries in total were visited.
The highest concentration of undergraduates—62%—was in Europe. 18% in Asia, 12% studied in Latin America, 4% in Oceania (Australia & New Zealand), and 4% in all other regions combined. The breakdown for graduate students was 33% in Asia, 31% in Europe, 22% in Latin America, and 13% in all other regions combined.
Combining all undergraduate and graduate students who studied abroad in 2011-2012, the destination breakdown by world region is as follows: Europe – 53%, Asia – 22%, Latin American & the Caribbean – 15%, Australia and New Zealand – 3%, Other regions – 7%.
79% of UI undergraduates who studied abroad participated in UI-sponsored study abroad programs; 21% participated in programs offered by other U.S. universities, exchange organizations, or foreign institutions.
Duration of Study
40% of UI undergraduates spent a summer abroad, 38% the semester, 20% in winter session programs, and 2% for an entire academic year.
For graduate students, the highest concentration—51%—participated in a summer program, while 26% studied in the winter session, 20% during a semester, and 3% for an entire academic year.
The average cumulative GPA of UI undergraduates who studied abroad was 3.28. (The UI mean was 2.97 for both fall 2011 and spring 2012.) 75% of UI undergraduates who studied abroad had an average of 3.00 or higher; 49% had an average of 3.33 or higher.
Resident students who studied abroad in 2011-12 represented 78 of Iowa’s 99 counties. During the last 5 years, at least two students from each of 98 Iowa counties have studied abroad.
These are the most up-to-date statistics International Programs has at this time. For more information, Contact Study Abroad.