The study abroad program is the most common form of international learning for young people in the US and Canada, and it’s the subject of a recent report from the Pew Research Center.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the report.
The most common type of study abroad is from the University of Toronto (U of T), with more than two-thirds of the participants saying they had gone there for study, and the majority of students reporting it was a good experience.
Of those, 60 per cent of those who said they had studied abroad said it was an excellent experience.
The average cost per month was about $3,400, with the average cost for the first year of study (January to March) being $9,000.
The median price for a one-year study abroad course was $7,400.
Only about one in five students reported going abroad for study more than once, and only 15 per cent reported going more than five times in a year.
There were also a few differences between the types of study that were studied.
In terms of the degree of difficulty, students with higher-level studies were more likely to report an average of three or four lectures per month, with students with a lower-level course having only one lecture per month.
About two-in-five students said they were able to complete their studies within six months, compared with only about one-third of those with a more introductory level course.
More than two in 10 students said their course had been completed by the end of the first month.
Overall, there were a few other notable differences between study abroad and the traditional university experience.
Only three per cent said their courses were more challenging than the average U.S. university, while nearly one in 10 said their was no difference.
The survey also found that there were fewer women among the U.T. students surveyed than the U of T average, with a small minority (about 6 per cent) being women, compared to a full 90 per cent for all of the university’s undergraduate students.
The U of W students surveyed were slightly more likely than the students surveyed by the U T to say that their studies were easier than the typical U.K. university.
Students in Canada were more than twice as likely as those in the U, U of C, and U of M to say they had taken a course abroad, but that was not a significant difference in the overall sample.
Among students at the University, the number who had taken at least one overseas course was also higher, with roughly one-in the three saying they were studying abroad for more than a year and one in six saying they’d taken at most two.
Among all U.TS students, nearly one-fifth reported having been to more than one university abroad in their lifetime.
And, the Uts had one of the highest rates of overseas study in the survey, with more students reporting having gone abroad at least once than ever before.
Students at the UTS are also the least likely to be enrolled full-time in a degree program.
Of the nearly one million U. of T students who had a bachelor’s degree at least two years ago, nearly two-fifths (58 per cent or 894,000) said they’d gone abroad to pursue a degree, compared as many as one in three (31 per cent and 872,000 respectively) at U of O. Of course, that number is an even higher figure for the U Uts, with one in eight students reporting taking a degree abroad for at least a year, or nearly one out of five.
The Pew Research report also found a lot of different reasons for why Uts students were more apt to be studying abroad.
“Students are more likely because they’re more confident in their abilities, and because they’ve had more success with academics,” said Mark Johnson, professor of economics at the School of Social Work at the university.
“There’s a lot more opportunity to connect with different cultures, to understand different cultures better, and to really connect with other people, and that has a big impact on how well you do in life.”
Johnson said the high proportion of women students and students from low-income backgrounds was also a factor.
“If you have a group of people who are less likely to have a degree and less likely in the workforce, they’re going to be more likely not to be going to university and that’s going to affect the outcomes,” he said.
“It’s also going to impact how much you do for yourself in terms of your social capital.”
It’s also a concern for the people who do go abroad.
For one, they may not have the social capital to make a connection to the outside world.
“That’s not really a positive thing to see,” said Johnson.
“But it’s not a negative thing either, because it creates opportunities.” Another