Record number of foreigners study in U.S. while more American students go overseas

A record number of foreign students are enrolled at American colleges and universities in 2012 — led by hundreds of thousands of Chinese — while, at the same time, more American students are studying abroad than ever before, according to a new report.

The annual report, released Monday by the Institute of International Education,  says that a record high of 819,644 international students came to U.S. schools  in the 2012-13 academic year — 7 percent higher than the year before. Most came from China (29 percent), then India (12 percent) and India (9 percent).

The number of U.S. students studying abroad increased by 3 percent in 2012-13 from the year before, to more than 283,000. More students went to Britain (12 percent), then Italy (10.5 percent) and Spain (9 percent).

Here’s an infographic and following that, a chart, with facts and figures about overseas study.

 

 


 

 

And here is where American students go overseas to study, a chart also taken from the Institute of International Education’s report:

 

2010/11 – 2011/12

TOP 25 DESTINATIONS OF U.S. STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS, 2010/11 – 2011/12 
Rank Destination 2010/11 2011/12 % of Total % Change
WORLD TOTAL 273,996 283,332 100.0 3.4
1 United Kingdom 33,182 34,660 12.2 4.5
2 Italy 30,361 29,645 10.5 -2.4
3 Spain 25,965 26,480 9.3 2.0
4 France 17,019 17,168 6.1 0.9
5 China 14,596 14,887 5.3 2.0
6 Germany 9,018 9,370 3.3 3.9
7 Australia 9,736 9,324 3.3 -4.2
8 Costa Rica 7,230 7,900 2.8 9.3
9 Ireland 7,007 7,640 2.7 9.0
10 Japan 4,134 5,283 1.9 27.8
11 Argentina 4,589 4,763 1.7 3.8
12 India 4,345 4,593 1.6 5.7
13 South Africa 4,337 4,540 1.6 4.7
14 Brazil 3,485 4,060 1.4 16.5
15 Mexico 4,167 3,815 1.3 -8.4
16 Ecuador 3,107 3,572 1.3 15.0
17 Czech Republic 3,291 3,477 1.2 5.7
18 Israel 3,441 3,189 1.1 -7.3
19 Chile 3,280 3,064 1.1 -6.6
20 New Zealand 2,900 2,969 1.0 2.4
21 Denmark 2,478 2,876 1.0 16.1
22 Greece 3,428 2,701 1.0 -21.2
23 South Korea 2,487 2,695 1.0 8.4
24 Peru 2,448 2,680 0.9 9.5
25 Austria 2,736 2,657 0.9 -2.9

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Suggested citation: Institute of International Education. (2013). “Top 25 Destinations of U.S. Study Abroad Students, 2010/11 -2011/12.” Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors

 

 

 

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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