Internationally Engaged: Spring 2013

From the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Provost

Study Abroad: Academically Core, Professionally Essential and Increasingly Affordable

William B. Lacy and Adrienne L. MartinIn recent years higher education and U.S. government leaders have joined study abroad directors across the country to aggressively expand international academic opportunities and encourage significantly greater numbers of students to take advantage of them. Many leaders have argued that an international educational experience is essential to a quality higher education, and more important than ever before in today's global economy and society. Indeed some have stated that we give our best and brightest students an incomplete education if we do not provide them with a substantive international academic experience. However, insufficient financial aid is the single most important barrier to participation in this life changing experience.

Recently the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its annual statistical educational report, "Education at a Glance 2012: OECD Indicators." OECD confirmed that the number of international higher education students worldwide has grown dramatically, and calculated that in 2010 there were 4.1 million international students. Just a few months ago The Chronicle of Higher Education estimated that the number is much larger, probably around 5 million, up from 2.1 million ten years earlier. The U.S. has been the largest recipient of international students, who this year number approximately 750,000. At the same time, while the number of American students going abroad has more than tripled over the past two decades, only 270,000 U.S. students (approximately 1%) studied overseas for academic credit. Moreover, the majority of U.S. students studying abroad fit a narrow demographic: females; upper and middle class; and humanities and social science majors who studied abroad in Western Europe. Read more.

New $1 Million Endowment for Study Abroad

Ann E. Pitzer and Linda P.B. Katehi

Generations of UC Davis students will have more opportunity to study abroad as part of their UC Davis education, thanks to a recent $1 million gift from Ann E. Pitzer, a UC Davis alumna ‘58 and current member of the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees.

Currently, only 17 to 18 percent of each UC Davis graduating undergraduate class will have studied abroad at some time during their academic career. "Financial resources are the No. 1 barrier to students taking advantage of UC Davis’ study abroad program," said Katehi. Read more.