SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Cal Poly was ranked second in the nation by The Institute of International Education among master's institutions for the number of its students that studied abroad last school year.
Cal Poly said they sent 1,231 students to destinations including Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Thailand.
The Institute of International Education released its ranking in the annual Open Doors report on international education where Cal Poly's previous third-place ranking was moved up to second-place this year.
The top ranked institution in this list was James Madison University who sent 1,322 students abroad. This leaves Cal Poly only 100 students away from becoming the top ranked institute in the nation.
“Study abroad supports our vision for internationalization in providing immersive international and intercultural opportunities that help cultivate global citizens — it is an opportunity we should make accessible for every student,” said Cari Vanderkar, assistant vice provost for international programs.
Cal Poly said it ranked first in the nation for the number of students sent abroad on mid-length programs (a semester or quarter), fifth for the number of students sent abroad on long-term programs (a full academic or calendar year), and ninth for students sent abroad on short-term programs (less than 10 weeks).