All Abroad! Overseas Study Required

Goucher experiment draws students, but some professors question its value

Goucher College's picturesque campus, on 290 leafy acres just north of Baltimore, plays well in college-admissions materials. Officials at this private liberal-arts institution, however, hope students will also be attracted by the opportunity to get away.

Two years ago, Goucher began requiring all students to earn some academic credit abroad, one of possibly just two American colleges to make overseas study mandatory.

Goucher officials wanted to "convey in no uncertain terms