The University of Florida, the flagship school in the Florida higher education system, has dramatically increased its international exposure. Part of the national trend towards internationalization, UF has increased from 300 study abroad students to over 2,000 per year, and is host to almost 5,400 international students (13th highest total in the USA).
And according to a recent article in the Gainesville Sun, internationalization efforts like adding an international studies major, have resulted in the University of Florida sending 97 students to the Peace Corps in 2011, second most in the nation.
Sarah Kaiser-Cross, a student featured in the Gainesville sun article,attests to the importance of this trend, “My study-abroad programs stretched over 15 months and prepared me for an international lifestyle, one I believe is crucial to becoming a successful academic,” she wrote.
Read more about this growing trend and UF’s internationalization efforts in the International Student Blog