Although studying abroad might not be everyone's cup of tea, many students who choose to take a semester or a year galavanting around the world often cite their time abroad as one of the highlights of their college experience.
Doing what they do best, our pals at U.S. News and World Report recently published a top ten list of the colleges with the most students who study abroad.
The list below includes the top ten schools with the highest percentage of 2011 graduating seniors who participated in a study abroad program.
In fact, two of the colleges on this list (Goucher College in Maryland and Soka University of America in California) actually require that every student spend time abroad before graduation!
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The ten schools on this list had an average of 83% of their 2011 graduates study abroad, compared to the average rate of 23% of college graduates overall (based on data reported by 339 ranked schools in an annual survey by U.S. News.)
_This piece was originally published in U.S. News & World Report _
More information on the survey:
_U.S. News surveyed more than 1,800 colleges and universities for our 2012 survey of undergraduate programs. Schools self-reported a myriad of data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News's data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Colleges rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data come from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News's rankings of Best Colleges or Best Graduate Schools. The study abroad data above are correct as of Feb. 26, 2013._
* Unranked colleges were not considered for this report, as they do not submit enough data for U.S. News to calculate a ranking.