The University of Portland is ranked 9th nationally among its peer institutions in students studying abroad for a long-term duration, defined as more than one academic semester. The rankings are part of the “Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange,” conducted by the Institute of International Education. The University had 40 students study abroad long-term in 2011-12, placing the school 9th overall and in the top 15 of the list for 13 consecutive years. The full Open Doors Report from the IIE is available here.
Many of the 40 students who studied abroad long-term participated in the landmark Salzburg program, which began in 1964 and is the oldest and most popular study abroad program at the University of Portland. Academically, the Salzburg program is centered on yearlong courses in art history, German, and music that are supplemented by tours to France, Greece, and Italy. The program is notable for its continuity – four faculty members have served for more than 35 years apiece, and legendary housekeeper Frau Strobl has served more than 40 years.
Beyond the Salzburg program, the University offers multiple opportunities for students to explore the world and immerse themselves in new cultures and experiences through academic programs abroad. Students have the opportunity to participate in programs that touch all corners of the globe, including University programs in London, Australia, Tokyo, Rome, Chile, Spain and Ireland and 25 locations worldwide through IES (Institute for the International Education of Students). For more information contact the studies abroad office at 7857 or firstname.lastname@example.org.