Published: Nov. 18, 2016

A view of water showing a colorful reef below the surface and small brown mountains and buildings in the distance.

“Many people do not know the coasts of Egypt have some of the best scuba diving in the world," said Erin Neale, a CU Boulder student who studied in Egypt. "Many people do not know the Egyptian beaches are some of the more gorgeous landscapes in the world; where the jetting sand rock meets crystal blue waters.”

CU Boulder maintained its top spot in the state for international exchange, both for the number of international students coming to the university and for student participation in study abroad programs.

The university enrolled more international students during the 2015-16 academic year and sent more students abroad during the 2014-15 academic year than any other higher education institution in Colorado, according to data released Monday by the Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors Report.

CU Boulder has held the No. 1 spot in Colorado for sending and receiving international students for 14 of the past 15 years, according to CU Boulder’s Office of International Education. 

“CU Boulder is committed to bringing in international students, faculty, visiting scholars and staff who pursue some of the greatest academic, research and service activities around the world,” said Mary Kraus, CU Boulder vice provost and associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education. “In addition to receiving a high quality academic experience, these students add great value to our community, our institution and beyond.”

10 Kids in India with paint on their faces. Two in the front are hugging.

While studying in India, Sanket Jain, a CU Boulder exchange student, volunteered at a non-profit organization working for children. The children there were from many different states and spoke different languages. There was a communication barrier amongst them. During the festival of colors 'Holi', she provided them some colors to play with. "These colors erased the boundaries and was the most fun day I remember with these kids,” Jain said. (Photo courtesy Sanket Jain)

By the numbers:

  • 2,951 international students studied at CU Boulder during the 2015-16 school year, up from 2,614 in 2014-15.

  • 1,592 students studied abroad during the 2014-15 school year, up from 1,541 in 2013-14.

  • CU Boulder also ranked 7th in the nation in 2014-15 among higher education institutions of its type for study abroad participation in semester-long programs.

  • Nationwide, CU Boulder ranked No. 34 in 2014-15 for overall study abroad participation among higher education institutions that offer doctoral programs.

  • For the first time, the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities across the nation surpassed one million during the 2015-16 academic year—an increase of 7 percent from the previous year to a new high of nearly 1,044,000, representing 5 percent of the total student population at U.S. institutions.

The Open Doors Report on the flow of students to and from the United States is released annually in conjunction with International Education Week, which ends today. The week of celebration is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Learn about CU Boulder study abroad programs and read more about the Institute of International Education and the Open Doors Report.

All photos courtesy of the annual photo competition sponsored by the Office of International Education.