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MONDAY BUZZ: Open Doors Reports Show Increases in International Student Enrollment, U.S. Study Abroad

November 14, 2011


Reports released today by the Institute of International Education (IIE) indicate the number of international students at U.S. universities and colleges increased by around 5 percent during the 2010-11 academic year and the percentage of U.S. students abroad rose 3.9 percent from 2008-09 to 2009-10.

According to the Open Doors reports, 3.7 million students studied abroad in 2010, up from 2 million in 2001. The United States is still the top destination for these students, hosting 20 percent of them in 2010, but that share has slipped by 8 percent since 2001. International students add more than $21 billion to the U.S. economy in tuition dollars and living expenses, according to the reports.

The top places of origin for international students in the United States are China, India and South Korea. The total number of Chinese studying stateside increased 23.3 percent from 2009-10 to 2010-11. Also of note, 43.6 percent more Saudi Arabians came to U.S. campuses during that time period, making that country the sixth top place of origin.

“The increases in enrollment of students from other countries reflected by this survey are an indication of a focus on internationalization on all sorts of campuses, which I am pleased to see. But our work is far from over in stepping up American higher education’s global engagement,” said ACE's Molly Corbett Broad, commenting on an IIE survey previewing data for fall 2011. “I look forward to working with institutions, the government and the Institute of International Education and other like-minded groups to promote these efforts in the coming years.”

The reports garnered coverage in this morning’s media, including:

Back on Track
Inside Higher Ed (Nov. 14, 2011)

International Enrollments at U.S. Colleges Grow but Still Rely on China
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Nov. 14, 2011)

Chinese Students Flock to U.S., as Americans Seek Out ‘Less Traditional’ Countries
The New York Times (Nov. 14, 2011)

Europe Still the Top Destination for US Students
Times Higher Education (Nov. 14, 2011)

China Sent 157,588 Students to U.S. Colleges
Bloomberg (Nov. 14, 2011)

More Foreign Students Studying in USA
USA Today (Nov. 14, 2011)

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