International student enrollment in the U.S. tops one million for the first time
Students from Argentina increased by 7.2% to 2,201
Argentina ranks 18th as destination for U.S. students
November 14, 2016 – An increasing number of students are crossing the globe to gain practical, international experience that they can apply in their careers and life in a global society. The 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, finds that the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities surpassed one million for the first time during the 2015-16 academic year—an increase of seven percent from the previous year to a new high of nearly 1,044,000 students. Although this represents just five percent of the total student population at U.S. institutions, this strong growth confirms that the United States remains the destination of choice in higher education. The United States hosts more of the world’s 4.5 million globally mobile college and university students than any other country in the world, more than double the number hosted by the United Kingdom, the second leading host country. In 2015-16, there were nearly 69,000 more international students in U.S. higher education compared to the previous year. The Open Doors® report is published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The new report indicates there were 2,201 students from Argentina. We anticipate a continued rise in the coming years due to increased cooperation between Argentina and United States in the field of education.
Open Doors also reports that more than 313,000 U.S. students received credit last year for study abroad during 2014-15, an increase of nearly three percent over the previous year. Argentina remains a key receiving country of U.S. students, ranking 18th in the leading destination for U.S. study abroad. While the number of U.S. students going to Argentina to study for academic credit at their home university in the United States decreased, Argentina remains a top choice for U.S. students studying in South America.
The release of the new Open Doors data marks the celebration of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from other countries to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
“By increasing educational exchange, we create opportunities for joint research and development in a number of fields, including clean energy. Educational exchange also builds bridges and helps us find a common language that leads to better understanding and economic prosperity for the region. “said U.S. Ambassador Noah B. Mamet.
There are now 85 percent more international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities than were reported a decade ago, and this marks the tenth consecutive year that Open Doors reported expansion in the total number of international students in U.S. higher education. International students now constitute just over five percent of the more than 20 million students enrolled in U.S. higher education, up from around four percent in previous years. This increase is due to both the growing numbers of international students and the declining number of American students enrolled in U.S. higher education.
For more data, infographics and resources on the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, visit http://www.iie.org/ Open-Doors.