Interesting Facts

  • In the 2015/16 academic year, 325,339 U.S. college or university students studied abroad for academic credit - an increase of 3.8% over the previous academic year.
  • Study abroad by American students has more than tripled since the mid-1990s.
  • Only 1 in 10 U.S. undergraduate studies abroad before graduating.
  • The proportion of U.S. minority students studying abroad has increased modestly over the past ten years: 17% in 2005/06 to 28% in 2015/16.
  • Nicaragua, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic are the top 3 hosts of U.S. non-credit education abroad.
  • U.S. students studying abroad increased in 19 of the top 25 destination countries.
  • Open Doors 2017 reports that the United Kingdom remains the leading destination for American students, followed by Italy, Spain, France, and Germany. China held 5th place to the U.K. since the 2006/07 academic year, but in 2015/16, Germany moved to 5th place (Open Doors Report, 2017).

"Although the total number is at an all-time high, it is still the case that only about 10 percent of all U.S. undergraduate students (including community college students) will study abroad by the time they graduate. The fact that 90 percent of all American undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. higher education are graduating without an international experience means that there is still a long way to go. For students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, approximately 15.5% studied abroad before graduating" (Open Doors Executive Summary, 2017).

Data from IIE Open Doors Report, 2017.

Open Doors Report

To find out more about the Open Doors Report go to iie.org/opendoors.