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Whitworth University Named a Top Master’s College for Study-Abroad Participation

November 14, 2017
The Institute of International Education has once again named Whitworth University to its list of Top 40  Master’s Colleges & Universities in the nation for its study-abroad participation.

More than 47 percent of undergraduate students who graduated in 2017 studied abroad, placing Whitworth at No. 18 on the list. That’s up from 44 percent the previous year, when Whitworth ranked No. 27 on the list. To view the complete list:

The IIE’s findings are based on its Open Doors study-abroad survey, which includes students who received academic credit from accredited U.S. institutions of higher education after they returned from their study-abroad experience.

One of the goals of Whitworth’s strategic plan is to prepare Whitworth students to be global citizens. The university is working to fulfill this objective by increasing traditional undergraduate student participation in study-abroad programs to 70 percent by 2021.

Dozens of month-long and semester-long experiences are available through both faculty-led group programs and individual exchange programs, including the semester-long programs in China and Tanzania. To learn more about Whitworth’s study-abroad options, visit

The IIE is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. It designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations and corporations.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Sue Jackson, director of the International Education Center, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4596 or

Trisha Coder, Media Relations Manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or