Study Abroad Statistics

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2013-2014 Study Abroad Statistics

Preliminary data shows that 1,285 University of Iowa students--928 undergraduates and 357 graduate and professional students--studied abroad in 77 different countries during 2013-14.  More complete statistics will be reported here when available.

2012-2013 Study Abroad Statistics

1,348 University of Iowa students—934 undergraduates and 414 graduate and professional students—studied abroad in 70 different countries during 2012-13.

Comparing the number of undergraduates who studied abroad to the number of bachelor's degrees awarded by the UI during 2012-13 (4,562) indicates that approximately 20% of the current graduating class studied abroad.

Academic Status

Among the UI undergraduates, 1% were first-year students, 13% sophomores, 44% juniors, and 42% seniors.

Field of Study

Undergraduates who studied abroad during 2012-13 had 65 different majors; 71% of students represented the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 22% were in the Tippie College of Business, 5% in the College of Engineering, and 2% in the College of Nursing.


UI undergraduates studied abroad in 51 different countries during 2012-13 and UI graduate students studied in 62 different countries. Combining undergraduate and graduate student destinations, 70 countries in total were visited.

The highest concentration of undergraduates—59%—was in Europe. 17% studied in Asia, 13% in Latin America, 4% in Oceania (Australia & New Zealand), and 4% in all other regions combined. The breakdown for graduate students was 35% in Asia, 24% in Europe, 23% in Latin America, 8% in the Middle East, 6% in Sub-Saharan Africa, and 4% in all other regions combined.

Combining all undergraduate and graduate students who studied abroad in 2012-2013, 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 2012-2013

Country Number of students
Italy 153
Spain 152
United Kingdom 136
India 118
France 43
Brazil 28
Australia 26
Ireland 26
Peru 22
China 20

Most popular study abroad destinations for UI graduate students in 2012-2013

Country Number of students
China 65
India 45
France 29
Mexico 29
Hong Kong 28
Italy 20
United Arab Emirates 19
United Kingdom 18
Brazil 15
Australia 14

Most popular study abroad destinations for all UI students in 2012-2013

Country Number of students
Italy 173
India 163
Spain 156
United Kingdom 154
China 85
France 72
Mexico 43
Brazil 43
Australia 40
Hong Kong 34


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, 35% the semester, 22% in winter session programs, and 3% for an entire academic year.

For graduate students, the highest concentration—42%—participated in a semester-long program, while 37% studied over the summer session, 19% during the winter session, and 2% for an entire academic year. 


The average cumulative GPA of UI undergraduates who studied abroad was 3.25. (The UI mean was 2.98 for fall 2012)  71% of UI undergraduates who studied abroad had an average of 3.00 or higher; 44% had an average of 3.33 or higher. 


The 688 Iowa resident students who studied abroad in 2012-13 represented 74 of Iowa’s 99 counties. During the last 5 years, at least one student 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.

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