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November 17, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Tell us: Did you study abroad? Why or why not?

Michele Salzman, history professor at University of California at Riverside, leads her students around Rome’s Pantheon earlier this fall. AP photo.

Michele Salzman, history professor at University of California at Riverside, leads her students around Rome’s Pantheon earlier this fall. AP photo.

The Institute of International Education published a report today which showed that, while the number of international students studying in Washington state colleges and universities is skyrocketing, the same can’t be said for Washington students going abroad to study.

Fewer U.S. students enrolled in Washington institutions are studying abroad than they did four years ago. Of the 127,000 students enrolled in four-year public and private universities in Washington, only about 6,200 students studied abroad in 2012-13.

Nationwide, fewer than 10 percent of American students study abroad before graduating. The International Education Institute would like to see more U.S. students go overseas for part of their education because “it’s really been proven to build their self-confidence, to build their sense of being independent, to take on challenges they didn’t know they could take on,” said Peggy Blumenthal, a spokeswoman for the group.

Did you or your child decide against studying abroad? If so, what was the biggest factor in your decision?

If you or your child did go abroad, are you happy with that decision? Share your thoughts — pro or con — in the comments section.

 

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