Study Abroad Statistics

2011-2012 Study Abroad Statistics Full Report

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.

Academic Status

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.

Destinations

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%.

Most popular study abroad destinations for UI undergraduate students in 2011-2012

Country Number of students
Italy 183
Spain 155
United Kingdom 120
India 119
France 51
Costa Rica 42
Ireland 35
Australia 35
China 23
Germany 18

Most popular study abroad destinations for UI graduate students in 2011-2012

Country Number of students
India 45
Hong Kong 35
Italy 35
France 29
Mexico 26
Argentina 23
Japan 20
Germany 14
China 14
Guatemala 13

Most popular study abroad destinations for all UI students in 2011-2012

Country Number of students
Italy 218
India 164
Spain 158
United Kingdom 124
France 80
Hong Kong 46
Costa Rica 42
Mexico 41
China 37
Australia 36

Programs

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. 

GPA

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. 

Counties

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.

Past report

2010-2011 Statistics Full Report