Summary: The UC San Diego Study Abroad Alumni Survey
The International Center sent out an email to 3,872 study abroad alumni. Names and
PID's were compiled by the Programs Abroad Office of the International Center and
sent to the Alumni Association, who provided us with the alumni's contact
information. Of the 3,872 email addresses, 386 bounced back. That left us with 3,486
good email addresses. An email requesting participation in the survey was first sent
on August 18, 2008. As of April 20, 2010, 1,010 participants (or 29%) responded.
The survey included nine demographic questions related to gender, ethnicity, UCSD
college, major, financial aid, year of graduation, length of study abroad program,
and region of study abroad program. The second set of questions asked alumni
about the impact of study abroad on their personal and professional lives.
· One respondent graduated in 1973! Others graduated in 1975, 1977, 1978,
1983, 1984, 1986, and 1988 (as well as every year since 1990).
· 55.1% of respondents studied abroad for a full year. Another 31.3% studied
abroad for a semester.
· Students studied abroad in all regions of the world, but the majority (57.3%)
studied abroad in Western Europe.