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Effect of Study Abroad on Graduation

July 17, 2012

Are you worried that studying abroad could delay your graduation? Inside Higher Ed, a website dedicated to posting news and jobs about higher education, recently published an article about the positive correlation between study abroad and graduation rates. For instance, five-year graduation rates are 92 percent for study abroad participants and 78 percent for non-participants at the University of California at San Diego. Other institutions have published similar findings. Explanations for this trend include that it is a self-selecting group, the application process fosters students investment in their education, and that it is an academic enrichment experience. Find out more about these arguments here.