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Noah Klose '15, center, visits a spice market in Jordan as part of Earlham's off-campus Middle East Studies program based in Amman.

Best Choice Schools ranks Earlham 13th for percentage of students studying abroad

July 09, 2014

Best Choice Schools, a resource website for students beginning their college career, ranked Earlham 13th nationally in 2014 for the percentage of students who study abroad. 

The new list features 45 colleges and universities where at least 50 percent of students study abroad during their four-year career. At Earlham, about 70 percent of graduates complete at least one off-campus program at more than 20 sites across the world. 

“Our many off-campus academic programs are life-changing experiences for students where they learn new ways of living and thinking,” says International Programs Office Director Patty Lamson. “Many of our students report that their time abroad was the most important part of their liberal arts education.”

Best Choice Schools’ spotlight on Earlham recommends the off-campus programs in India (Tibetan Studies), China, and Spain. Other important programs sponsored by the College include Japan Study, New Zealand, United States/Mexico Border Studies, Tanzania, Jordan, Northern Ireland and France. Off-campus programs are offered as both semester-long and May Term excursions.

Unlike other study abroad programs, Earlham faculty teaches off-campus programs on a rotating basis. Most off-campus programs also include guided internships, homestay experiences and community projects, in addition to classroom coursework.

“We believe that the liberal arts should be taught experientially by connecting theory with practice in the real world,” Lamson says. “Our faculty also benefit from our off-campus programs. They return to campus with new vitality and this leads to an enhanced curriculum, influencing many more students in positive ways.”

With 1,100 students representing nearly 80 countries, Earlham is also committed to creating a global learning community on campus.

In the 2014 U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings, Earlham is ranked 6th among national liberal arts colleges for the largest percentage of international students on campus.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.



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