Gettysburg named top liberal arts college for semester-long study abroad experiences

Gettysburg College ranks fourth in the nation and is the top liberal arts college in Pennsylvania for mid-length study abroad experiences, according to the 2015 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange released yesterday by The Institute of International Education.

Recognizing the value of preparing tomorrow’s global leaders, Gettysburg College provides opportunities for students to take their learning out of the classroom and into the world. Studying abroad is an integral part of the Gettysburg College academic experience, embodying the curricular goals of engaged learning and global citizenship.

Three out of five Gettysburg students spend at least one semester abroad. In addition to taking course work, many students conduct field research, work as interns, live with local residents, and study languages ranging from Arabic to Zulu. Extended experiences provide opportunities for deeper understanding and reflection.

“At Gettysburg College we believe that global study opportunities should be accessible for everyone. In collaboration with our academic departments, we focus on offering semester-length programs so that our students can study globally as part of their Gettysburg degree during the academic year, rather than on short-term programs,” said Dean for Global Initiatives Rebecca Bergren.

“Gettysburg students, regardless of financial circumstances, can choose from a broad portfolio of semester-length programs which allow them to fully engage with their host country, and ultimately make ties between their global experience and their on-campus learning,” she said. “Our top ranking not only represents a significant number of Gettysburgians who study globally for a semester, but it also reflects participation by students from every major on campus, who are studying in programs in 37 countries on six continents.”

In addition to providing global opportunities abroad, the College also continues to focus on diversity and inclusivity on campus. Students come from over 38 different countries across the world. Reflecting the national trend of growth outlined in the Open Doors Report, the number of international students at Gettysburg College rose by a record 50 percent this year.

Learn more about Gettysburg College’s Center for Global Education.


Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Carina Sitkus, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Tue, 17 Nov 2015

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