The global number of students who study abroad continues to rise with an annual increase of 10%. There were almost5 millioninternational students in 2014. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has projected that,with demographic changes,the international student population is likely to reach 8 million by 2025.
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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.
How has the diversity of students studying abroad changed?
Over the past ten years, the diversity of students studying abroad has increased. While the majority of study abroad students in 2014/15 were white (71.6 percent), the proportion who identified as racial and ethnic minorities has increased from 17 percent in 2005/2006 to 28.4 percent in 2015/16.
Which countries have the largest international student populations in the world?
Source: IIE Project Atlas. The greatest increase over the last year was Mexico which saw a 58.9 percent spike in its international student population, followed by New Zealand 34.4 percent, Spain 24.9 percent and Canada 18.3 percent. Likewise, Japan and Australia saw significant increases at 12.5 percent and 12.1 percent respectively.
What are the biggest challenges students face when studying abroad?
On a logistical note, cost is a fundamental concern for many students who want to study abroad but worry that the experience will exceed their financial capabilities. This concern, however, overlooks the fact that many governments around the world have active laws and programs in place to encourage their students to go abroad.