Pepperdine Study Abroad Participation Tops National Rankings

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University places a strong emphasis on undergraduate study abroad opportunities, and recently released data show that the vast majority of its students are taking advantage of these opportunities to learn and travel overseas. 

The university was recently ranked number one for undergraduate participation in study-abroad programs at doctorate-granting universities by data released in the 2015 Open Doors Report in International Educational Exchange, advancing from its sixth-place ranking in 2014. This year’s report, based on the 2013-14 academic year, estimated that 86.5 percent of Pepperdine students in the class of 2014 had studied abroad during their undergraduate careers — a 27.5% jump from 59 percent participation in just one year previously in 2012-13. 

Pepperdine also maintained its second-place ranking on the report’s list of longest term durations of U.S. study abroad at doctorate-granting universities. 

Five of Pepperdine’s seven international program locations — the United Kingdom, Italy, China, Germany and Argentina — were ranked in the report’s Top 25 Destinations of U.S. Study Abroad Students. 

Data for the 2015 Open Doors Report was based on a survey of approximately 3,000 accredited U.S institutions.