Markim Hall, Second Floor
Internationalism is one of Macalester’s core values. Off-campus study — for most, this means study abroad — serves as the college’s primary means of getting our students meaningful international experience.
Off-campus study at Macalester goes back over 60 years. In the last quarter century it has become common, even expected, for the majority of our students. About 60% study abroad before graduation, compared to about 6% of U.S. college students nationwide. Almost all of our 60% study abroad for at least one semester.
But let us both put this in a bigger context and grind the numbers a little finer. If we start with . . .
1000 college-age Americans (i.e. graduated, or should have graduated, from high school)
333 get a four-year degree
20 study abroad for any period of time
8 study abroad for a semester or longer
So what is normal for us — 55% — is rare, exceptional, extraordinary — 0.8% — for US young people in general.
Where we go
In the past ten academic years, over 2300 Macalester students have studied off-campus, in 83 countries. Their choices of location have differed somewhat from national patterns.
|Europe, 48%||Europe, 56.3%|
|Latin America, 19.5%||Latin America, 15.3%|
|Asia, 9.7%||Asia, 11.1%|
|Oceania, 7%||Oceania, 5.3%|
|Africa, 10.9%||Africa, 10.9%|
|North Africa/Middle East, 3.7%||North Africa/Middle East, 1.3%|
By country (top ten)
|UK (308 students)||UK|
|South Africa (97)||China|
|Japan (79)||Costa Rica|
(Macalester also sent 95 students to off-campus programs in the U.S.; there are no national data available for comparison.)