More young people studying in the US, latest educational report shows

by Ray Clancy on July 4, 2014

More young people are going to the United States to study, with the latest data showing that the number of international students at colleges and universities has increased to a record high.

Figures from the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange show that in the 2012/2013 academic year, the number of overseas students increased by 7% to 819,644.


The number of international students in the US has reached an all-time high

The data also shows that more American students are choosing to study abroad, with numbers up 3% to an all-time high of more than 283,000.

In 2012/2013, some 55,000 more international students enrolled in US higher education compared to the previous year, with most of the growth driven by China and Saudi Arabia. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Open Doors reported expansion in the total number of international students in US higher education. There are now 40% more international students studying at US colleges and universities than a decade ago.

Additionally, the rate of increase has risen steadily for the past three years. International students make up slightly less than 4% of total student enrolment at the graduate and undergraduate level combined.

The 3% increase in the number of US students who studied abroad was a much higher rate of growth than the 1% increase in the previous year. The data shows that more of those students went to Latin America and China.

This means that the number of American students studying abroad has more than tripled over the past two decades, from approximately 71,000 students in 1991/1992 to the record number in 2011/2012. However, despite these increases, fewer than 10% of all US college students study abroad during their undergraduate years.

‘International education promotes the relationship building and knowledge exchange between people and communities in the United States and around the world that are necessary to solve global challenges,’ said Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

‘The connections made during international education experiences last a lifetime. International students enrich classrooms, campuses and communities in ways that endure long after students return to their home countries. We encourage US schools to continue to welcome more international students to their campuses and to do more to make study abroad a reality for all of their students,’ he explained.

According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), which publishes the report, the careers of all students are boosted by international experience. ‘They will need to function effectively in multi-national teams. They will need to understand the cultural differences and historical experiences that divide us, as well as the common values and humanity that unite us,’ said IIE president Dr. Allan Goodman.

‘International students coming to study in the US benefit from access to some of the finest professors and research laboratories in the world, and Americans benefit substantially from the presence of international students who bring their own unique perspectives and knowledge to the classroom and the wider community,’ he added.

He would like to see more American students studying abroad. ‘We need to increase substantially the number of US students who go abroad so that they too can gain the international experience which is so vital to career success and deepening mutual understanding,’ he said.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State leads a wide range of academic, professional, and cultural exchanges that include approximately 40,000 participants annually, including the flagship Fulbright Programme and the International Visitor Leadership Programme, with the goal of increasing mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

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