Study Abroad

Interesting Facts

  • In the 2010/11 academic year, 273,996 U.S. college or university students studied abroad. This represents a 1% increase over the numbers for the previous year. 
  • Study abroad by American students has more than tripled over the past two decades.
  • Only a very small percentage of US college or university students have had some type of academic international experience by the time they graduate.
  • U.S. students studying abroad increased in 17 of the top 25 destination countries. Five percent more students studied in China and 12 percent more students studied in India than in the prior year. 
  • About 14 percent of American students receiving Bachelor’s degrees this past year have studied abroad at some point during their undergraduate programs, while only one percent of U.S. students are studying abroad during a single academic year (273,996 out of the more than 20 million students enrolled in U.S. higher education).
  • Open Doors 2012 reports that the United Kingdom remains the leading destination for American students, followed by Italy, Spain, France and China—which remained the fifth largest host destination for the fifth year. 

Data taken from IIE Open Doors report, 2012