The number of American students studying abroad continues to steadily increase,growing by 2.3 percent in academic year 2016-17 compared to the previous year,according to new data from the annual Open Doors report released today by the Institute of International Education. A total of332,727students studied abroad for credit in 2016-17.
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How many US students study abroad this year?
Nationally, the number of U.S. students studying abroad for credit during the 2019-2020 academic year declined 53 percent from 347,099 students to 162,633 students as the COVID-19 pandemic halted study abroad participation starting in March 2020.
What is the role of American students studying abroad?
As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, 淎merican Students studying abroad play a key role as citizen ambassadors. They tell the American story and demonstrate American values and ideals to the entire world. Nothing can replace the people-to-people connections that happen when our young people study abroad.
Are study abroad students becoming more diverse?
The profile of study abroad students continues to become more racially and ethnically diverse, though is still a long way from reflecting the diversity of enrollment in U.S. higher education, which is about 42 percent nonwhite. About 29.2 percent of students who studied abroad in 2016-17 were nonwhite, compared to 18.1 percent a decade earlier.
Where do students choose to study abroad?
There was a decline in the number going to Latin America and the Caribbean (down 3 percent) and elsewhere in North America (down by 4.5 percent). The five most popular countries students chose for study abroad were all in Europe: the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France and Germany.