US colleges and universities see strong recovery in international student enrollment

Open doors® 2022 International Educational Exchange Report Reveals 80% Increase in New International Student Enrollments in 2021/2022 Academic Year

WASHINGTON, November 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Open doors® 2022 International Educational Exchange Report, released today by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and the Institute of International Education (IIE), found that 948,519 international students from more than 200 home locations studied at U.S. higher education institutions in the 2021/2022 academic year, a 4% increase from the previous year. previous academic year. The report shows a strong year-over-year rebound in new international student enrollments (an 80% increase) in United States following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrates United States’ ongoing commitment to international educational exchange.

Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange (PRNewsfoto/Institute of International Education)

The Open doors the data testifies to the strong interest of international students to travel United States, the premier destination for international students from around the world, and pursue their studies in person. 90% of enrolled international students have returned to in-person learning on US campuses. According to the US Department of Commerce, international students have contributed $32 billion to the US economy in 2021.

“We are delighted to see the number of international students increasing and to see United States maintain its global leadership as the premier destination of choice for international students,” said Lee Satterfield, Under-Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “America’s colleges and universities are places of inspiration, innovation, and opportunity – providing the skills and networks needed to solve global challenges.”

Satterfield added, “Welcoming international students to American campuses and communities is at the heart of people-to-people diplomacy and a fundamental part of our U.S. foreign policy strategy to attract top talent to United States.”

New international student enrollments return to pre-pandemic levels

International students enrolling for the first time in a US college or university are up 80% year over year, a return to pre-pandemic levels. New international students continued to study in every U.S. state and territory, and nearly every U.S. state (44 out of 50) saw an increase of more than 50% in new international student enrollments.

“The incredible rebound we have seen in international student mobility demonstrates United States’ and the unwavering commitment of its higher education institutions to welcoming students from around the world,” said IIE CEO, Allan E. Goodman. “The Open doors The 2022 report highlights that, despite the complexity and uncertainty that accompanies pandemics, international educational exchange continues. Investing in international trade remains the best way for educational institutions and countries to connect people and ideas around the world.”

In addition to international students enrolled, more than 184,000 students have completed Optional Practical Training (OPT), a program that allows individuals to gain practical work experience after university education.

India, Canada, Mexicoand Nigeria send pre-pandemic levels of international students

China and India represent the majority (52%) of all international students in United States. China remains the top sending country in 2021/22, with 290,086 students on US campuses (-9% year-on-year). Indiathe second-largest country of origin, sent 199,182 international students in 2021/22, a year-on-year increase of 19%.

Twelve of the top 25 origin locations increased the number of international students enrolled in United States double digits in the 2021/22 academic year. In addition, other places of origin, including Canada, Mexicoand Nigeria, returned to pre-pandemic international student numbers. Notably, Nigeria experienced its largest increase (+12% year-over-year) in the number of international students studying in the United States since the 1980s.

Early indications in the 2020/2021 academic year point to the return of study abroad

The 2022 Open House Report also measures US students’ study abroad in the 2020/2021 academic year, a time when global mobility has been largely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Data collected during the 2020/2021 academic year shows that American study abroad has been halted amid the pandemic to protect global health and student safety in United States and abroad. This is reflected in the total number of American students studying abroad for college credit, down 91% to 14,549 students. Additionally, more than 400 US institutions reported that an additional 32,990 US students participated in online global learning opportunities in the same year.

US institutions reported a 523% increase in the number of students going abroad in the summer of 2021, with 58% of all US students in 2020/21 choosing to study abroad during the summer . These early indications show that the demand for international studies remains high and that more students will return to study abroad in the years to come. According IIE Spring 2022 Snapshot83% of institutions saw an increase in the number of studies abroad for 2022/2023 compared to the previous year.

“As study abroad reemerges for American students, the Biden administration is expanding the tools available to students to provide greater affordability and accessibility for all students to ensure they reflect the rich diversity of United StatesSatterfield said. “Studying abroad is strategically important as we prepare American students to compete in an increasingly interconnected world.”

Fall 2022 Preview

US Institutions Report Continued Growth in International Students for Fall 2022

The Overview of International Student Enrollment Fall 2022 the results show a sustained positive trajectory for international student mobility in United States. US higher education institutions reported a 9% increase in the total number of international students in fall 2022, with growth at all academic levels and OPT. The number of new international students enrolled at US institutions increased (7%), building on the 80% rebound in new enrollments in the 2021/22 academic year (Doors open 2022). Almost all institutions (99%) reported a return to in-person or hybrid studies. Eighty-seven percent (87%) indicated that financial support for recruiting international students is the same or better than the previous year. More than 630 American higher education institutions participated in the Overview of international student enrollment in fall 2022.

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To learn more about IIE’s Fall 2022 Snapshot, visit: https://www.iie.org/Research-and-Insights/Open-Doors/Fall-International-Enrollments-Snapshot-Reports.

About Open Houses

Open doors is a comprehensive information resource on international students studying at higher education institutions in United States and U.S. students studying abroad for college credit at their home colleges or universities. Open doors also reports the number of international scholars at US universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic intensive English programs. More details on the 2020 edition Open doors the conclusions are on the Open doors website. For more data, infographics and resources, visit opendoorsdata.org.

About Institute of International Education

Founded in 1919, IIE is a global nonprofit organization that creates and implements international education programs, conducts research, and provides life-changing opportunities for students and scholars around the world. IIE works with a range of corporate, government and foundation partners around the world to design and manage scholarship, study abroad, workforce training and development programs leadership. The IIE has a network of 18 offices and affiliates around the world and more than 1,300 member institutions. Visit iie.org.

About the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) builds relationships between the people of United States and the peoples of other countries through academic, cultural, athletic, professional, and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentorship programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen the national security of United States, support America’s international leadership, and provide a broad range of national benefits by helping to break down the barriers that often divide us. ECA sponsors the Fulbright Flagship Program, the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships for US Undergraduate Students with Financial Need, the Critical Languages ​​Scholarship Program in support of the study of American foreign languages ​​at the stranger and the EducationUnited States network of more than 400 counseling centers around the world, which provides information to students around the world who wish to study in United States. Visit eca.state.gov.

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