UR's Commitment to the Global Experience Remains Strong, Despite Pandemic

University ranked as a leading institution for international education
December 3, 2020

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — The University of Richmond maintained its No. 2 ranking as a top baccalaureate college for its number of students studying abroad, according to an annual survey sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Institute of International Education.

Each year the Open Doors survey reveals data about the state of international education in the U.S. and highlights schools’ commitment to study abroad and international enrollment. 

With 589 students participating in study abroad programming during the 2018-19 academic year, UR maintains its spot at No. 2 as a leading study abroad baccalaureate institution for the fifth consecutive year. 

UR also maintained its No. 7 ranking for international enrollment, with 430 international students represented by 73 different countries during the 2019-20 academic year. 

“The University of Richmond is proud of the strength of our global engagement, represented in part by our international students and our 65% participation rate in study abroad,” said Dean of International Education Martha Merritt.

The data highlighted by this year’s Open Door survey was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which limited international travel but did not stop international learning opportunities for UR students this fall. 

“Our faculty continue to bring the world into the classroom in powerful ways that prepare our students for new ways of understanding, a practice that has been enhanced virtually during the pandemic,” said Merritt.

UR plans to resume travel in 2021, opening a select number of programs in Asia or Europe to students in the spring. The decision was made after considering dozens of factors, including what travel restrictions are in place, whether embassies and consulates are open so students can obtain necessary visa documents, available student housing options, and whether a partner university could provide a remote option should the program need to be canceled midterm.

“For some of our students, this spring may be their last opportunity to study abroad. UR’s International Education team has worked hard to ensure that they are able to have a meaningful experience with appropriate safeguards,” said Merritt.