Open Doors Report Shows Trends in Student Mobility between Belgium and the United States
International student enrollment in the U.S. up ten percent to nearly one million
Students from Belgium increased by 5.6% to 1,001
More U.S. students came to Belgium for study abroad
November 16, 2015 – The 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, finds the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities had the highest rate of growth in 35 years, increasing by ten percent to a record high of 974,926 students in the 2014/15 academic year. This strong growth confirms that the United States remains the destination of choice in higher education. The United States hosts more of the world’s 4.5 million globally mobile college and university students than any other country in the world, almost double the number hosted by the United Kingdom, the second leading host country. In 2014/15, there were 88,874 more international students enrolled in U.S. higher education compared to the previous year. The Open Doors® report is published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. While China remains by far the top country of origin of international students in the U.S., increasing by 11 percent to 304,040, India’s growth outpaced China’s this year, with students from India increasing by 29.4 percent to a record high of 132,888. In 2014/15, China and India together accounted for 67 percent of the total increase in international students, and they now constitute nearly 45 percent of the total number of international students in U.S. higher education.
The report also found the number of U.S. students studying abroad increased by five percent in 2013/14, the highest rate of growth since before the 2008 economic downturn. The number of U.S. students going to Belgium to study for academic credit at their home university in the United States increased by 12.4% percent to 1,458. This means that the number of U.S. student studying in Belgium has been increasing for the last three years. While study abroad by American students has more than tripled in the last two decades, reaching a new high of 304,467, still only about 10 percent of U.S. students study abroad before graduating from college.
The release of the new Open Doors data marks the celebration of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
“We are excited to see that record numbers of students are taking advantage of international education opportunities, and we applaud the efforts of U.S. higher education as we work together to increase the number of American students who study abroad,” said Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. “It is critical that we continue to make study abroad more accessible. These exchanges strengthen ties between the United States and countries around the world. By increasing accessibility to study abroad, we are investing in our future and providing a forum to solve global challenges.”
“International experience is one of the most important components of a 21st century education,” said IIE’s President Dr. Allan E. Goodman. “Studying abroad is one of the best ways undergraduate and graduate students gain the international experience necessary to succeed in today’s global workforce. And studying in another country prepares students to be real contributors to working across borders to address key issues in the world we share.”
The number of Belgians studying in the U.S. increased to 1,001 in 2014-2015 which is up 5.6% compared to the previous year. Students from Belgium in the United States study primarily at the undergraduate level, with 31.3% percent at the graduate level in 2014/15, 41.2 percent enrolled at the undergraduate level, 10.6 percent pursuing optional practical training, and 17.0 percent in non-degree programs such as English language or short-term studies.
The total number of international students in the U.S. increased by 10% in 2014/15, which is the highest rate of growth in 35 years. The total is a record high of 974,926 students. In addition, the total number of students from Europe and Eurasia studying in the U.S. grew by 4.3%, a big jump over last year. The number of Americans studying in the region grew by 5.2% and Europe remains the leading destination for American students studying abroad.
Here are a few newsworthy facts about international students in the U.S.:
- 2015 WORLD TOTAL: 974,926 +10%, the highest rate of growth in 35 years.
- Europe: 90,625 +4.3% from the previous year
- Belgium: 1,001 +5.6% from last year
Also, the number of U.S. students studying abroad reached a record high:
- U.S. Study Abroad: 304,467 more than tripling over the past two decades
- Europe: 162,282 which is more than 53% of all U.S. students studying abroad
- Belgium: 1,458 +12.4% from last year
The United States is the 5th study abroad destination for Belgian students. The top host institutions for Belgians in the U.S. are New York University, Stanford University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago.
Open Doors Global Fast Facts (.pdf)