Holy Cross Ranks Second Nationally in Study Abroad Survey

Location: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro, Tanzania. Photo by: Hannah McCormick '14

Institute of International Education

For yet another year, the College of the Holy Cross has been ranked among the top baccalaureate institutions in the United States for long-term study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education.

According to its latest report, 81 Holy Cross students studied abroad on long-term programs during the 2018-19 academic year. This marks the 12th year in a row that the College has held one of the top three positions on this list.

Holy Cross' yearlong programs are a staple among the College's study abroad offerings and allow students to engage in academic and cultural immersion in their host countries for a full academic year. The College currently offers 43 study abroad programs in 26 countries.

"Education is about transformation—about growing and expanding who you are as a person—and we contend that Study Abroad is the most transformative thing a student will do during her or his four years of college," says Brittain Smith, director of study abroad at Holy Cross.

The national results were published in the 2020 Open Doors report, an annual report compiled by the Institute of International Education. The institution, which was founded in 1919, is an independent not-for-profit organization that receives funding from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural affairs.

See the full report from the Institute of International Education.