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Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange

November 15, 2010

Today, the Institute of International Education (IIE) released the latest news on international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad.  The Open Doors findings were the topic of a briefing this morning at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, with Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock, in conjunction with the worldwide observance of International Education Week.

Read Assistant Secretary Stocks remarks about the importance of educational exchange here.

You may have seen this report covered in the national news this morning in the United States.  The increases were reported in today's New York Times, USA Today and the LA Times. Stories based on the findings have also appeared this morning in state and local news outlets, and overseas papers including India's Economic Times and the UK Guardian, and an AP wire service story is appearing in news outlets around the country.The Chronicle of Higher Education has a special section in this week's paper and online today, with feature coverage related to international students in the U.S., and study abroad, along with tables and charts highlighting the key data. And there is a story in Inside Higher Education online as well.

Also today, IIE held a briefing in New Delhi on U.S.-India education exchange with the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. India Education Foundation. And IIE worked with U.S. Embassy and EducationUSA officers around the world to communicate about the importance of educational exchange, and release the new bilateral statistics.

Open Doors 2010 reports that 260,327 U.S. students studied abroad for credit during the academic year 2008/09, compared to 262,416 the previous year, a modest decline of 0.8%.  For the first time in the 25 years that the data has been tracked, the total number of U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit did not increase.  However, the report found that there were notable increases in the number of U.S. students going to study in less traditional destinations.  Fifteen of the top 25 destinations were outside of Western Europe and nineteen were countries where English is not a primary language.

On the Open Doors website, you can access the new data from Open Doors 2010 as well as press releases and background information to help explain the trends.  If you are specifically interested in information about American students studying abroad, click here

The Open Doors Report is published annually by the Institute of International Education with funding from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.