Baylor students continue to study abroad in record numbers, according to an Institute of International Education report. "Open Doors 2002" ranks Baylor second in the nation among doctoral universities for the number of students, 996, who participated in study abroad opportunities in 2000-01. Baylor tied for sixth in the nation in the previous year's report.
The University sponsors 31 summer and semester study abroad programs, which are taught by Baylor faculty, and 26 exchange programs in which students attend classes at a foreign university. Baylor in Great Britain, the oldest study abroad program, remains the most popular. New international opportunities include group programs to Cuba and Austria and an exchange program to Rhodes University in South Africa. There are plans to add an exchange program at a university in Turkey.
"We have strong programs in Western Europe, East Asia (China, Japan, Thailand, Korea) and some of Latin America," said Dr. Stephen Gardner, professor of economics and director of Baylor's McBride Center for International Business. "I would like to see more chances for international study in South Asia (India, Pakistan), Africa and the Middle East. These can be some of the most challenging places for international study but also some of the most important."