Carole Weinstein International Center

UR again ranked as a leader in international education

January 8, 2021

University News

UR has maintained its spot at No. 2 as a leading study abroad baccalaureate institution for the fifth consecutive year. 

The Open Doors Survey, conducted by the Department of State, has consistently ranked University of Richmond as a top baccalaureate college in two categories for nearly 10 years. As a leading study abroad baccalaureate institution, 589 UR students participated in study abroad programming during the 2018-19 academic year.

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

We’re constantly exploring how to increase our engagement abroad as well as how we continue exploring cultures on campus.
headshot of Martha Merritt
Martha Merritt

Dean of international education

About 65% of UR students graduate with international experience, a number that UR continues to grow through programs like “EnCompass,” which aims to break down barriers for students who traditionally do not participate in study abroad opportunities, and “The Return,” which helps those studying abroad transition back into life at UR.

“Our international students and the experiences our students have abroad together make up a diverse campus community that fosters new ideas and perspectives,” said Martha Merritt, dean of international education. “We’re constantly exploring how to increase our engagement abroad as well as how we continue exploring cultures on campus with faculty leadership.”  

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. Some international students studied at partner universities and programs in or closer to their home country.

“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,” Merritt said.

UR plans to resume travel this spring, opening a select number of programs in Asia and Europe to students. 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," Merritt said. "UR’s International Education team has worked hard to ensure that they are able to have a meaningful experience with appropriate safeguards."