UC Berkeley’s study abroad programs attracted more than 1,800 students from fall 2016 to summer 2017, studying in 40 countries across the globe.
These scholars-turned-travelers were part of the UC Education Abroad Program, or UCEAP, as well as Berkeley Summer Abroad and Berkeley Global Internships. In recent years, the number of UC Berkeley students who choose to attend classes outside the United States has steadily increased — just a couple years ago, about 1,600 students studied abroad.
Students visited almost every continent and traveled across borders, hemispheres and oceans, with some of the most populated countries being in Northern and Western Europe.
The most visited country was England, with 290 students attending schools such as Oxford University and the London School of Economics. But other predominantly English-speaking countries, like Australia and Scotland, only had a combined 104 students. According to UCEAP, students often travel to countries even when there may be a language barrier.
Countries in Western Europe such as Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany boasted a combined total of over 1,000 study-abroad students.
South American countries such as Chile, Cuba, Peru, Argentina and Brazil had a combined total of 106 students, while Central America hosted 12 students in Costa Rica. North American countries like Canada and Mexico hosted 70 students.
In Asia, a total of 292 students studied abroad in countries such as Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Thailand and India.
The country with the lowest number of visiting UC Berkeley students was Hungary, where two students studied abroad, followed by three in Barbados, and four in the Dominican Republic, Jordan and Morocco, respectively.