- 270,604 U.S. students studied abroad in 2009/10 (Open Doors)
- 723,277 international students studied in the U.S. in 2010/11 (Open Doors)
- Just over one percent of all U.S. students enrolled in U.S. higher education at any academic level typically study abroad during any single academic year. Among students pursuing Bachelor’s degrees, about 14 percent study abroad at some point during their undergraduate programs.
- The United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France and China, remained the top host destinations
- Latin America hosted 15 percent of all Americans studying abroad, Asia hosted 12 percent, Oceania – which includes Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Islands -- hosted five percent, and Africa hosted six percent.
- The leading fields of study for Americans studying abroad are the social sciences (22 percent of those studying abroad), business and management (21 percent), humanities (12 percent), fine or applied arts (8 percent), physical/life sciences (8 percent), foreign languages (6 percent), health sciences (5 percent), education (4 percent), engineering (4 percent), math/computer science (2 percent) and agriculture (1 percent).
- 93.8% of U.S. students who studied abroad last year stayed for one semester or less. Over 55% of undergraduate and master's degree students elected to complete summer, January-term, internship, or other short-term programs instead of academic-year or semester-long programs.
- 43% of college freshmen consider "improving my understanding of other countries and cultures" to be an essential or very important objective of their undergraduate education.
- In recent years, about 50% of Colby ‘s junior class studies off-campus for a semester/year. The number is 70% including off-campus study during Jan Plan.
- Top destinations for Colby students have been UK (England & Scotland), France, Spain, Australia, Denmark, Italy, New Zealand and China.
- Colby's international students—who come from more than 60 countries and make up roughly 11 percent of the student body—contribute to and benefit from that type of education at Colby.
- Colby’s international students come from: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Georgia, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
- The top 10 majors studying off-campus include Global Studies, Economics, Government, Biology, English, Psychology, Environmental Studies, French Studies, Mathematical Sciences (Dartmouth), Spanish
- 37% of Colby students who study off-campus are double majors