As an undergraduate at Ithaca College, you are strongly encouraged to study abroad during your time at IC. These guidelines are designed to provide you with information about all of your options and about the application procedures pertaining to study abroad.
The Office of International Programs can help you find a study abroad program that best matches your interests and needs. To make an appointment, stop by the Office of International Programs (2nd floor of Job Hall), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 274-3306.
- Approval by the Office of International Programs and your
academic advisor (and your dean, depending upon your school) is
required for participation in any study abroad program. This
requirement exists to ensure that the academic credit you earn is
applicable to your degree program and that your academic status at
Ithaca College is protected.
- The basic minimum cumulative GPA requirement for study abroad at Ithaca College is a 2.5. Some programs require a 3.0 or higher.
STUDY ABROAD STATISTICS (Data from IIE Open Doors Report Executive Summary, 2017)
- In the 2015/16 academic year, 325,339 U.S. college or
university students studied abroad (undergraduate and graduate
students). This represents a 3.8% increase over the numbers for the
- Study abroad by American students has more than tripled over
the past two decades; however, the rate of growth had slowed in
recent years. (The increase was about 46 percent in the past 10
years, from about 223,534 students in 2005/06, and only 19 percent
over the past five years, from 273,996 in 2010/11.)
- Although the total number is at an all-time high, it is still
the case that only about 10 percent of all U.S. undergraduate
students (including community college students) will study abroad
by the time they graduate. The fact that 90 percent of all American
undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. higher education are
graduating without an international experience means that there is
still a long way to go.
- Approximately 15.5% of students pursuing a Bachelor’s
degree studied abroad before graduating.
- Europe remains the top destination for U.S. students going
abroad. Open Doors 2017 reports study abroad to Europe increased by
3.5 percent in 2015/16.
- The United Kingdom remains the leading destination for American
students, followed by Italy, Spain, France, and Germany –
which overtook China as the fifth largest host destination with
Germany increasing by 8.1 percent.
- Japan, South Africa, Mexico, Denmark, Czech Republic, New
Zealand, Cuba, and The Netherlands all saw strong increases in
hosting U.S. study abroad students.
- U.S. students studied in increasing numbers in Latin America
and the Caribbean, growing by 5.6 percent (to 53,105).
- There were decreases in study abroad to China (down 8.6 percent), France (down 5.4 percent to 17,215), Brazil (down 11.4 percent to 3,400 students), India (down 5.8 percent) and Greece (down 1 percent). Several leading destinations in Asia saw increases as hosts for U.S. study abroad: Japan (up 18 percent) and South Korea (up three percent).
- American students majoring in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) represent 25.2 percent of study abroad students, slightly outnumbering study abroad students in Business and the Social Sciences, which made up about 20.9 percent and 17.1 percent of study abroad students, respectively.