UW-Madison is ranked 4th among all U.S. universities and colleges for total students studying abroad.
Semester-long program participation:
- 3th among all U.S. Institutions
- 2nd among Big 10 Academic Alliance Institutions
Year-long program participation:
- 8th among all U.S. Institutions
- 1st among Big 10 Academic Alliance Institutions
88% of UW-Madison study abroad students participated on semester and year-long programs, 21 points above the national average.
UW-Madison’s top 10 destinations are similar to national trends, with the exceptions of Czech Republic and Hungary being top 10 UW-Madison destinations which did not make the national top 10 list.
The gender balance for studying abroad at UW-Madison (34% male: 66% female) is similar to nationwide trends (33% male: 67% female).
UW-Madison study abroad participation decreased 37% over the previous year due to the pandemic-related cancellations, 16 points better than the nation-wide decrease of 53%.
The above rankings are from the 2021 Open Doors® Data Report, which includes all UW-Madison U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident degree-seeking student credit-bearing activity outside of the U.S. for Academic Year 2019-20, totaling 1,602 students. Please note that this statistical year contains durations that were impacted by COVID-19 related travel restrictions. Students who started their term abroad and received academic credit are counted within their intended duration of study. Specific travel restrictions per term can be found here. UW-Madison Campus-Wide Open Doors Data Reports.