But one group of students is underrepresented in the surge of undergraduates going overseas: men. In 2016–17, women accounted for more than two-thirds of American students studying abroad, a proportion that has remained constant for more than a decade.
Source: Why Are So Few Male Students Studying Abroad? – The Atlantic
Women dominate in college education – 56% of students are female. That is a little part of it by definitely not the main component.
One thought was more guys study STEM where it is harder to study abroad and complete in 4 years. But per the NSF, a majority of STEM major are women.
The next thought is that men exist within stronger on campus peer groups – and while women also have peer groups, they are more comfortable leaving their peer group behind to travel abroad.
Many abroad programs are now run during the summer but researchers say many men prefer to use their summer for internships.
There are lots of theories as to why women outnumber men 2 to 1, but no one really knows why this is occurring.
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