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Open Doors Report Provides Snapshot of International Students

16 November 2011

Two students walking together on a college campus (AP Images)

Want to know how many international students are attending U.S. colleges and where they come from? Consult the Open Doors Report, issued annually by the Institute of International Education. The report also reveals which countries are hosting Americans studying abroad, and much more.

Where do international students on U.S. campuses come from, and what are they studying? The Open Doors Report, issued annually by the Institute of International Education, answers these questions and others.

The report also reveals leading destinations for U.S. students abroad, what fields they study and what schools they attend.

According to the Open Doors Report, the number of international students in the United States increased to a record high of 723,277 for the 2010/2011 academic year. California hosts more international students than any other U.S. state, followed by New York, Texas and Massachusetts. The two students shown here, emerging from a building on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, are from Germany and Hong Kong.

China, India and South Korea send the highest numbers of students to U.S. colleges and universities. Other countries also send significant numbers of students to U.S. schools, including Saudi Arabia (sixth on the top-25 list), Vietnam (eighth), Turkey (10th) and Brazil (14th).

Since the 1970s, the Open Doors Report has been supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

(This is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/iipdigital-en/index.html)