2017 Asia Short-Term Programs Report

The Asia Institute’s 2017 Asia Short-Term Programs Report is an in-depth look at 598 short-term faculty-led programs developed in Asia in 2017. The report’s findings offer valuable insights into how U.S. universities are developing short-term experiences in Asia, and provides benchmarking data, which Study Abroad and Global Program Offices can use to assess their own program offerings. In addition, for the first time, the 2017 Asia Short-Term Programs Report includes survey responses received from 90 faculty leaders who developed or led short-term programs in Asia in 2016 and/or 2017.

Highlighted Findings:

•  In 2017, China, Japan and India remained the most popular destinations for short-term programs in Asia, with the number of program in Southeast Asia increased by nearly 10 percent from 2015 to 2017

•  Between 2015 to 2017, short-term programs with a length of fewer than three weeks continued to increase. Programs shorter than two weeks show a notable increase in particular, from 25.8 percent to 32.6 percent.

Other Key Findings:

Program Disciplines
Between 2015 and 2017, College of Arts and Science programs remained the leading focus for short-term programs developed in Asia, and the program number increased each year, from 36 percent in 2015 to 39 percent in 2016 to 43 percent in 2017. On the other hand, short-term College of Business programs declined over the past three years, from 22 percent in 2015 to 20 percent in 2017.
Program Operations
Study abroad and global program operations continue to become more centralized, i.e., being developed and operated more often through education abroad offices than by individual faculty leaders. In 2017, 65.4 percent of short-term program operations were centralized, while 34.6 percent were decentralized. This compares to 56 percent and 44 percent in 2016.

Program Months
In 2017, May continued to be the most preferred month for faculty-led programs. However, compared with 2016, it has decreased by 5.1 percent, while March and December have increased in popularity, 3.7 percent and 2.1 percent respectively.
Program Scholarships
In 2017, 85.5 percent of faculty leaders noted that scholarships or university funding was available to students on their programs, a 9 percent increase when compared with 2016.

To learn more about the report findings, please download the 2017 Asia Short Term Programs Report.

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