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Ranked First in the Nation in Study Abroad Survey

In the past 20 years, Cal Poly has also ranked in the top 10 among those who study abroad for an academic year.

Cal Poly sent the most students on study abroad experiences among master’s-level institutions, according to the Institute of International Education’s annual statistical survey of U.S. campuses for the 2021-22 academic year.

“We are thrilled to receive this ranking for the second time and look forward to continuing to build additional avenues to support access for the high impact experiences studying abroad can provide,” said Cari Vanderkar, Cal Poly’s senior international officer and assistant vice provost for international programs.

Since 2000, Cal Poly has ranked as a top sender in the nation among master’s-level universities for internationally bound students.

In 2021-22 year, the most current numbers available through the Institute for International Education, Cal Poly sent 572 students abroad to 26 nations (including some multi-country programs). Participation was from Fall 2021 through Summer 2022, the first full year of study abroad participation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the past two decades, the university also has ranked in the top 10 among those who study abroad for long-term (an academic year), except for during the COVID-19-impacted 2020-21 academic year.

For mid-length programs, which run for a semester or a quarter, Cal Poly ranked third in the nation with 223 participants.

It has ranked in the top eight since 2004-05. For short-term programs (eight weeks or less), Cal Poly ranked fourth in the nation among master’s institutions in 2021-22.