International Study Up

Career College Central summary:

  • The number of international students at U.S. universities increased 7.2 percent in 2012-13 to an all-time high of 819,644, according to the latest “Open Doors” survey of international enrollments and American study abroad participation, conducted annually by the Institute of International Education. The number of Americans studying abroad grew to 283,332 in 2011-12, representing a 3.4 percent increase over the previous year.
  • The overall increase in international student enrollments was fueled by continuing growth in the number of students from the first and fourth-largest sending countries, respectively, China (up 21.4 percent) and Saudi Arabia (up 30.5 percent) – increases that more than made up for slight declines from the second and third-largest sending countries, India (down 3.5 percent) and South Korea (down 2.3 percent).
  • American study abroad participation increased both in some of the traditionally popular destinations, such as the United Kingdom, the number one destination country (up 4.5 percent), as well as in less traditional destinations such as Latin America and the Caribbean (up 11.7 percent regionwide). Study in China, the fifth-most popular destination, increased 2 percent.
  • The number of American students studying abroad has more than tripled over the past 20 years from a base of about 71,000 in 1991-2. Even so, just 9.4 percent of all American undergraduates study abroad at some point during their degree program and nearly 60 percent of students who do go abroad go for just for a summer or on other short-term programs of eight weeks or less.

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