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 Support IIE | News & Events | Careers | Publications | MembershipNovember 2011

International Education Week
By Allan E. Goodman

The Open Doors 2011 Report on International Educational Exchange found that international student enrollment at American colleges and universities has been growing steadily for the past five years, reaching a record high of 723,277 in 2010. The largest increase came from China, with Chinese student numbers rising by 23%—the fourth consecutive year of double-digit increases. International students contribute more than $21 billion to the US economy. There are now 32% more international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities than there were a decade ago.

The number of US students studying abroad has also grown, increasing by 88% in the past decade. The number continues to rise, with 270,604 American students studying abroad in the 2009–10 academic year, up 4% from the previous year.

It is positive news that our higher education institutions continue to excel in attracting students from all over the world, and in preparing American students to succeed in an increasingly global environment. The international skills that students gain are crucial to their ability to succeed in global careers and work together across borders to address important world issues.

It is important that we as educators work to try to ensure that all students have the opportunity to study abroad. We are grateful to the donors and sponsors who support scholarships that make it possible for more students to study outside of their own countries.

Resources for You:

IIEPassport—Find a Study Abroad Program >>

Study Abroad Funding >>

Funding U.S. Study >>

EducationUSA—How to study in the U.S. >>

How to offer a Scholarship >>

Open Doors Spotlight

Visit the Open Doors website to see the data and trends from the new report: top places of origin and top host institutions for international students, top destinations for U.S. students studying abroad, and more.

See the new Open Doors data >>


Open Doors Briefing at the National Press Club

IIE and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs released the latest statistics and trends on international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad from the new Open Doors report at a briefing in Washington, DC on November 14.

The event included remarks by Assistant Secretary of State Ann Stock and a lively conversation about international education among the assembled group of more than 200 educators, US and foreign government representatives, international associations, and members of the press.
View photos and video from the event

Secretary of State Clinton Urges Students to Study Abroad

In a video address, Secretary Clinton called international education a "growth industry" and commented on the importance of international exchange. "Study abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a young person's life. International students enrich classrooms and communities with their ideas, perspectives and cultures. And when they return home they bring new knowledge, new perspectives, and a deeper understanding of the world."
View video

CSPAN Looks at State Department Role in International Education

Assistant Secretary of State Ann Stock and IIE president Allan Goodman were the guests on a live call in segment on C—SPAN's Washington Journal TV and radio broadcast, taking questions from callers across America.
Watch the Washington Journal segment

Open Doors featured in Worldwide News

International education made the headlines in media outlets across the United States and around the world. The top news from Open Doors was featured in news articles in the New York Times and Washington Post, USA Today, The Times of India, Economic Times, China Daily, Times Higher Education (UK), Gulf News, Huffington Post, New Republic, La Stampa, All Africa, and U.S. News and World Report. The Los Angeles Times, Columbus Dispatch, and other papers around the country reported on the impact of international education on universities and communities in their regions.
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