Ithaca College Study Abroad Program Earns Top 10 Ranking
ITHACA, NY — Student reviews compiled by the website Abroad101 give Ithaca College’s study abroad program in London a #6 ranking for overall satisfaction. The rankings are based on comprehensive program evaluations from more than 10,000 students.
Among the longest-standing study abroad programs in the city, the Ithaca College London Center offers a wide variety of courses with a liberal arts focus as well as an internship program and an intensive theater program.
“We are very pleased to see our London Center — which will be celebrating its 40th birthday in 2012 — so highly rated by the students who attend the program,” said Rachel Cullenen, director of study abroad in the Office of International Programs. “Our London Center director, Bill Sheasgreen, and his staff work very hard to insure that students have the best possible experience while in London, and this ranking confirms that they are doing an outstanding job.”
Founded in 2007, Abroad101 is a review website and online marketplace for the international education industry. Ithaca College has been partnering with the firm for the last two years to gather program evaluations. The rankings used an algorithm that weighs quantitative averages as well as total review count to ensure that they are statistically significant.
“Abroad101’s commitment to collecting honest, thorough student reviews from over 200 university partners enables access to an unprecedented level of insider program information,” said Mike Stone, president of Abroad101. “We strive to match students with the best study abroad program for their needs, and we are excited to analyze trends in our data and add value to the program selection process.”
In addition to the London Center, Ithaca students can take advantage of study abroad opportunities through exchange agreements the college has with a number of universities around the world, the seven study abroad organizations or consortiums with which the college is affiliated and short-term study programs led by faculty during the summer or the winter and spring breaks. Approximately 30% of Ithaca students have a study abroad experience at some point during their time at the college, with an average of 550 studying in some 30 countries in any given year, according to Cullenen.