1. Kalamazoo College: Kalamazoo, MI
With 85% of students attending 42 different programs in 26 countries on 6 continents, Kalamazoo College offers one of the most diverse programs in the state. Starting in June 1958, it is also one of the oldest study abroad programs.
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2. Michigan State University: East Lansing, MI
MSU has been ranked multiple times for having the most students participate in their study abroad programs. Their study abroad website states that about one out of every three graduates went on study abroad.
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3. University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, MI
About 12% of the student population, both undergraduate and graduate students, participate in education abroad programs. Although this may seem low, the quality and diversity of the programs makes up for it. Their website even has student testimonials about their experiences.
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4. Calvin College: Grand Rapids, MI
With 70% of the students participating in 10 different international programs, this small college will be able to give you much more of a personal experience than some of the larger universities. There are fewer destinations, however.
More information available at Calvin College.
5. Grand Valley State University: Allendale, MI
GVSU has 14 countries with programs available, including Jamaica, and a few have multiple school choices available within the same country. The school also pays special attention to travelers with disabilities, and is willing to make special accommodations.
More information available at Grand Valley State University.
6. Northern Michigan University: Marquette, MI
Even though it is one of the biggest schools in the Upper Peninsula, it is often left off Michigan college lists because it isn’t as accessible as other universities. NMU has 55 countries in their study abroad program, including Fiji and Switzerland.
More information available at Northern Michigan University.
7. Wayne State University: Detroit, MI
WSU understands the importance of experiencing diversity. They offer over 22 destinations on 5 continents. They also offer various program lengths, but most of them are under 6 weeks. WSU also emphasizes safety and offers many options in emergency situations.
More information available at Wayne State University.
8. Central Michigan University: Mt. Pleasant, MI
CMU offers a choice of over 100 programs in 30 countries. They are in the process of expanding their access to programs and hope to send one million students abroad by 2017. Parents and family members also are acknowledged to play an important role in the study abroad experience and there is a large source of information specifically for them.
More information available at Central Michigan University.
9. Western Michigan University: Kalamazoo, MI
WMU sends about 500 students a year to programs in over 30 countries. Compared to some of the smaller schools, this is a relatively low number, yet they offer language programs that go along with their destinations.
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10. Eastern Michigan University: Ypsilanti, MI
Along with intensive on-campus language courses prior to traveling abroad, EMU also offers various Cultural History Tours in some of their destinations. Their website also allows searching by major for study abroad programs.
More information available at Eastern Michigan University.
Factors which determine which schools would place in the ‘Top 10’:
- number of students, and percentage of students, participating in study abroad programs
- number of countries included in travel options
- various lengths of programs
- assistance provided to students before, during and after their travels
- overall uniqueness and credibility of the study abroad options and experience