When Justin Jensen started getting serious about his college search in 2008, he had a nearly impossible list of things he was looking for in a school. He wanted a program that had a "heavy emphasis" on international experience, something more than a typical semester study abroad. He wanted to expand on his foreign language training, specifically in Chinese. He wanted to major in business, with a focus on finance. And he didn't want to pay an exorbitant amount of money in the process. It was a tall order.
Notre Dame No. 1
At the top of the ranking for the second year in a row is the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business (Mendoza Undergraduate Business Profile). At Mendoza, business students have the option of studying abroad in countries like Egypt, Haiti, and South Africa, and are encouraged to take on a business-related research project while they are away from South Bend. Mendoza Dean Carolyn Woo estimates about half of the school's business students go overseas for study abroad, a number that's rising each year. "We see the students broadening themselves in unfamiliar environments," Woo says. "They seek out challenges that come when they are in a different culture."