JMU International Programs OIP Annual Report 2013–2014 : Page 1

y O 1979 120° 110° 100° 90° 80° 70° 60° 50° 40° 30° 20° 10° 0° 10° 20° Study abroad at JMU began in 1979 with one program – Semester in London – one professor and 28 students. In 1997 our semester programs numbered three (London, Florence and Salamanca), and five short-term summer programs had joined the OIP’s offerings. By 2004, with Lee Sternberger as the OIP’s executive director, 761 students studied abroad. Only 10 years later, 1,217 students studied abroad in 63 different programs. During 2013-14, as program directors, Faculty Members in Residence or recipients of International Development or Study Abroad General Education Grants, 143 JMU faculty had the opportunity to broaden their horizons with international experiences. Lee Sternberger wrote after her first year as executive director: “James Madison University has both an opportunity and obligation to facilitate participation in the wider process of global education for our students, faculty and professional staff. This charge is ours not only because our namesake embodied the highest and best of an enlightened citizenry but also because our legacy as a community of innovation and distinction has prepared us well for this timely calling.” Those words are all the more apt today, and they underpin the OIP’s mission. 80° 90° 100° 110° 120° 130° 140° 150° 160° 170° 180° JMU is now the academic home to 499 international students from 78 countries and to 47 international faculty members. They all provide perspectives, cultures and beliefs that mirror and differ from our own and always enrich our community. 30° 40° 50° 60° 2014 70° Study Abroad Destinations Sweden Norway Finland Canada Denmark Poland Ireland England Germany Czech Republic Belgium Austria France Croatia Bosnia Spain Italy Morocco The Bahamas Cuba Jamaica Belize Dominican Republic Dominica Costa Rica Malta Egypt Jordan Israel India Ghana Benin Cameroon Scotland Russia China Japan South Korea Burma Thailand Vietnam Philippines Kenya Singapore Brazil Mauritius Australia Botswana South Africa Chile Argentina New Zealand

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