Study Abroad Statistics

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2015-2016 Study Abroad Statistics

Preliminary data shows that 1,171 University of Iowa students--813 undergraduates and 358 graduate and professional students--studied abroad in 70 different countries during 2015-16. More complete statistics will be reported here when available.

2014-2015 Study Abroad Statistics

1,220 University of Iowa students—909 undergraduates and 311 graduate and professional students—studied abroad in 72 different countries during 2014-15.

For undergraduates that graduated in 2014-15, 14% participated in a study abroad experience at some point in their college career at UI.

Academic Status

Among the UI undergraduates, 2% were first-year students, 12% sophomores, 43% juniors, and 43% seniors.

Field of Study

Undergraduates who studied abroad during 2014-15 had majors in all of the Colleges; 50.1% of students represented the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 18.7% were in the Tippie College of Business, 17.8% in University College, 6.7% in the College of Education, 5.5% in the College of Engineering, and 1% in the College of Nursing.


UI undergraduates studied abroad in 54 different countries during 2014-15 and UI graduate students studied in 57 different countries. Combining undergraduate and graduate student destinations, 72 countries in total were visited.

The highest concentration of undergraduates—61%—was in Europe. 23% studied in Asia, 6% in Latin America, 4% in Oceania (Australia & New Zealand), and 6% in all other regions combined. The breakdown for graduate students was 29% in Asia, 23% in Europe, 29% in Latin America, 6% in the Middle East, 5% in Sub-Saharan Africa, and 7% of students studied in multiple countries.

Combining all undergraduate and graduate students who studied abroad in 2014-15, the destination breakdown by world region is as follows: Europe – 49%, Asia – 25%, Latin American & the Caribbean – 13%, Australia and New Zealand – 3%, Other regions – 9%.

Most popular study abroad destinations for UI undergraduate students in 2014-2015

Country Number of students
Italy 192
Spain 184
India 119
United Kingdom 106
China 44
France 33
Germany 32
Australia 29
Japan 24
South Africa 23

Most popular study abroad destinations for UI graduate students in 2014-2015

Country Number of students
China 82
Mexico 34
Argentina 34
Multiple destinations 31
India 26
United Arab Emirates 24
France 21
Italy 16
United Kingdom 15
Guatemala 11

Duration of Study

44% of UI undergraduates spent a summer abroad, 34% the semester, 19% in winter session programs, and 3% for an entire academic year.

For graduate students, the highest concentration—39%—participated during a semester but for 8 weeks or less, while 34% studied over the summer session, 19% during the winter session, and 5% for a semester, and 3% for an entire academic year.

These are the most up-to-date statistics International Programs has at this time. For more information, Contact Study Abroad.

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