Oberlin College Recognized as Top Fulbright Producer

February 13, 2020

Amanda Nagy

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For the 11th consecutive year, Oberlin College is included in the list of colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright students from the United States. Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the list annually.

In the 2019-20 academic year, nine Oberlin graduates received Fulbright awards to engage in international exchange and learning. From English teaching assistantships in South Korea and Colombia to researching economic development in India and studying historical harp performance in Switzerland , Oberlin’s Fulbright scholars gain valuable, transformative professional experiences.

By living with host families, Fulbright scholars are immersed in the culture of the country they reside in during their grant year, making them not only cultural ambassadors, but ambassadors of Oberlin throughout the world. 

For more than a decade, Oberlin has been among the baccalaureate institutions that produce the most Fulbright scholars, including Amherst, Hamilton, Pitzer, Pomona, Smith, Swarthmore, Vassar, and Williams colleges.

First introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright, Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946 to foster international goodwill through global learning initiatives for students. The program is the largest of its kind in the United States and awards 1,900 grants annually.

Learn more about Oberlin’s past recipients of the Fulbright and other prestigious award programs. 

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