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Is Going Abroad Really Broadening?

Q. 3 I'M STARTING MY JUNIOR year in college and thinking about studying abroad. Many of my friends have done it and believe it is a "broadening" experience. I wonder where the majority of students are going.

A. YOU ARE ON TO SOMETHING. More U.S. students are studying abroad than ever According to a report by Denver Nicks in , the top two fields of study for American students abroad are Social Sciences and Business. The top destination for American students in 2011-12 (the most recent data available) was the U.K., followed by Italy, Spain, France and China. On the whole, study abroad among American students has more than tripled in the past 20 years, though the total still accounts for less than 10 percent of all U.S. college students. 

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