Study-abroad participation lands Linfield in top-40 list

Linfield was ranked 21 out of the top 40 baccalaureate institutions for its participation in study abroad programs in “Open Doors,” a report published by the Institute of International Education.

“Linfield is preparing students for a world that is changing fast, and we will need a global perspective in order to keep up with changes,” Director of Media Relations Nadene LeCheminant said in an email.

“That’s why our international programs are so critical.”

Institutions were ranked by specific criteria published on the Institute of International Education (IIE) website. The data reports that there are 257 undergraduate study abroad students at Linfield. The number of undergraduate degrees conferred in 2008 and 2009 was 359 and that study abroad program participation at Linfield was 71 percent.

“The marketplace is becoming increasingly global. We need to understand a wide variety of cultures and political systems,” LeCheminant said in an email.

“But it’s more than just an issue of being market savvy. We need to understand what’s happening in Libya and Haiti and Japan, and we need to develop connections to people around the globe, so we can form a compassionate response.”

The IIE is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1919. Since then, in corroboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, it has organized an annual survey of international student statistics based on 3,000 institutions accredited in the United States.

Institute objectives include facilitating the cultural and educational exchange. The IIE, with the help of foundations, governments and additional sponsors, provides educators, professionals and students with study and training programs such as the Fulbright Program. Linfield was recognized among the leading Fulbright scholarship-receiving institutions by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2010.

“Open Doors” is available for purchase at, Leena Soman, who handles press inquiries said. However, Linfield is an IIE network member institution and a complementary copy of the publication may be available through the International Programs Office.

The International Programs staff is out of the office this week, LeCheminant said in an email.

The report data can be viewed at

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