Assumption Named a Top Institution for Study Abroad Programs

Feb. 1, 2017
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Assumption College Rome Campus
Students studying at the Assumption College Rome Campus are able to use the city as a living classroom.

Assumption has been named to the Top 50 Colleges for Study Abroad Programs, according to a recent study conducted by LendEDU, an online resource for students researching various higher education financial aid options. Colleges and universities on this list were chosen based on locations,  uniqueness, size, faculty involvement, and length of the program. Assumption was ranked 17th in the country, and the second in Massachusetts.

In ranking Assumption in the top 20 programs, LendEDU stated, “The cornerstone of Assumption’s study abroad options, which have extended to over 50 countries around the world, is their program in Rome.With its own campus in “the Eternal City,” the Rome campus lets students explore issues around religion, politics and history. Students are able to visit important sites, from ancient to contemporary life, first-hand. The full-time faculty are there for guidance and instruction, while letting students satisfy their general education requirements in this dynamic environment.”

“Rome is a city drenched in art, culture, and history, a place where students both learn about and see the foundations of Western Civilization,” said Eloise Knowlton, dean of undergraduate studies and Assumption’s study abroad coordinator. “Assumption has created a unique opportunity that enriches our students’ academic and cultural pursuits, while enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of the world in which they live. Students leave Rome with not just a renewed self of self, but a desire to explore the world.”

LendEDU analyzed more than 250 study abroad programs and ranked institutions using the following data: : the program plays a concrete role in fostering study abroad, whether it is their own campus overseas, a link to a specific foreign university or linking with affiliate programs; the program offers something unique over other institutions; the program emphasizes smaller cohorts over massive groups of students; university faculty are involved with the process, traveling with students, teaching them once abroad and leading an array of activities; the program is more than just a few weeks, usually a semester or longer.

Ranked 17, Assumption joins Boston University (7), Emerson College (28), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (37), and Suffolk University (43) on the list.