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 SRU's international program keeps good company; ranks in Top 40 




February 3, 2009

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




SRU's international program keeps good company; ranks in Top 40 


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is keeping good company - and has been for quite sometime according to the latest Open Doors report published by the Institute for International Education which tracks study abroad and international student activities.

           The 2008 report lists SRU as number 35 in its Top 40 list of master's degree-granting institutions offering study abroad programs. The report shows SRU had 398 students involved in international study during the 2006-07 academic year. 

           The only other Pennsylvania universities to make the list were Villanova University with 710 students involved with international study and St. Joseph's University with 448. The top-ranked school in the report was Elon University with 1,063 students studying abroad. Other easily recognized names on the list are Loyola College, Baltimore (622), Ithaca College (526), California State University, Long Beach (480), and the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (450).  

           "We are always pleased to see our program continued to be ranked high in the national survey," said Pamela Frigot, director of SRU's Office of International Services. "Our program strength lies in our short-term study abroad seminars, which will see a record this year of more than 300 students participating in February and March travel. In addition, last year we had 63 students who elected to spend an entire semester engaged in study abroad programs."

           Frigot said she expected next year's participation to remain high. "Of course, much of the success of our international study program will depend on the state of the national and world economies." Frigot said. 

           IEE has conducted the survey on international students in the U.S. since 1949. Nearly 3,000 accredited institutions participate. Further details on the Open Doors 2007 survey and findings may be accessed at


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.



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