The University of Notre Dame has the third-highest percentage of students participating in study abroad programs among American research universities, according to a report released this week by the Institute for International Education (IIE).p. In 2001-02, the most recent academic year for which statistics are available, 50.6 percent of Notre Dame students had participated in study programs in other countries, an 11.4-percent increase over the previous year.p. Yeshiva University in New York City ranked first in the IIE report with a 74.5-percent participation rate, an increase of 35.7 percent, followed by Georgetown University at 52.1 percent, up 25.6 percent.p. Notre Dame ranked first last year, with Yeshiva second and Georgetown fifth.p. Notre Dame offers international study programs in 17 nations: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia and Spain.p. The IIE’s report, titled “Open Doors 2003,” showed an overall 4.4 percent increase from the previous year in the number of U.S. students participating in international study programs.