U.S. News & World Report: George Fox University among nation’s leaders in study-abroad participation

September 11th, 2014

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School ranks in the top 60 out of 1,800 accredited institutions in percentage of students who study overseas

Study AbroadNEWBERG, Ore. – With nearly half of its undergraduates participating in international experiences, George Fox University is a national leader in providing study abroad and international outreach opportunities to its students, ranking among the top 60 in the nation in study abroad participation, according to 2014-15 rankings recently published by U.S. News & World Report.

Forty-six percent of the university’s traditional undergraduates study abroad before graduation. According to data compiled by U.S. News for its 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, George Fox ranks No. 58 out of approximately 1,800 accredited institutions in the nation in percentage of students studying outside the country.

George Fox students have several options for studying abroad. Since 1987, the university’s Juniors Abroad program has sent third- and fourth-year students on three-week overseas study trips led by professors. Trips occur during May or June and students prepare by studying the region during a spring semester course. George Fox pays transportation and program costs; students pay room and board.

In addition, the university annually hosts international service trips, May Serve and Summer Serve, that send students to work with the people of a specific country. Past trips have gone to Peru, South Africa, China, Nicaragua, Argentina, Thailand, Malawi, Russia, Romania/Moldova, Jamaica, Cuba, Kenya, Brazil, India, Swaziland and the Philippines.

Students also may participate in one of several semester-long overseas experiences. The CCCU student programs include the Australian Studies Centre Program, the China Studies Program, the Semester in Ecuador Program, the New Zealand Creation Care Study Program, the Semester in Senegal Program, the India Studies Program, and the Uganda Studies Program.

Other affiliated study abroad sites include the Semester in France Program, the Semester in Spain Program, the Semester in Costa Rica Program, and the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford, England, program.

The U.S. News rankings are available at usnews.com/rankings.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 3,700 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Rob Felton
George Fox University

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