U.S. Colleges and Universities See Strong Rebounds in International Student Enrollments

The open doors® The Report on International Educational Exchange 2022 shows an 80 percent increase in the enrollment of new international students in the 2021-2022 academic year

WASHINGTON, November 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The open doors® Report 2022 on International Educational Exchange, published today by the Office of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State and the Institute for International Education (IIE) found that 948,519 international students from more than 200 origins studied at US universities in the 2021-2022 academic year, a 4% increase from the previous academic year. The report shows a sharp year-on-year increase in enrollments for new international students (an 80% increase). The United States after the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrated The United States’ continuous engagement in international educational exchange.

Open Doors Report on international educational exchange (PRNewsfoto/Institute of International Education)

Open Doors Report on international educational exchange (PRNewsfoto/Institute of International Education)

That open doors Data shows the strong interest in travel among international students The United States, the top destination for international students worldwide, and follow their studies personally. 90% of enrolled international students have returned to face-to-face classes at US campuses. According to the US Department of Commerce, international students contributed $32 billion for the US economy in 2021.

“We are thrilled that international student numbers are increasing and seeing The United States to maintain its global leadership as a top destination for international students,” he said Lee Satterfield, Deputy State Secretary for Education and Culture. “US colleges and universities are places of inspiration, innovation and opportunity – they provide the skills and networks needed to solve global challenges.”

Satterfield added, “Welcoming international students to America’s universities and communities is at the heart of people-to-people diplomacy and a fundamental part of our US foreign policy strategy to attract the best talent The United States.”

New international student enrollments are returning to pre-pandemic levels

The number of international students enrolling at a US college or university for the first time rose 80% year over year, a return to pre-pandemic levels. New international students continued to enroll in every US state and territory, and nearly all US states (44 out of 50) saw more than 50% increases in new international student enrollments.

“The incredible recovery we’ve seen in international student mobility shows this The United States’ and the unwavering commitment of its higher education institutions to welcoming students from around the world,” said IIE CEO, Allan E Goodman. “That open doors The 2022 report emphasizes that international educational exchanges continue despite the complexities and uncertainties that accompany pandemics. Investing in international exchanges remains the best way for educational institutions and countries to connect people and ideas around the world.”

In addition to the enrolled international students, more than 184,000 students participated in Optional Practical Training (OPT), a program that allows individuals to gain practical work experience after academic study.

India, Canada, Mexicoand Nigeria Send the level of international students before the pandemic

China and India represent the majority (52%) of all international students The United States. China remains the top sending country in 2021/22 with 290,086 students in US universities (-9% YoY). Indiathe second largest sending country, sent 199,182 international students in 2021/22, a 19% increase on the previous year.

Twelve of the top 25 places of origin increased the number of enrolled international students The United States double-digit in the academic year 2021/22. In addition, other origins, including Canada, Mexicoand Nigeria, returned to pre-pandemic international student numbers. Above all, Nigeria has seen the largest increase (+12% YoY) in international students studying in the US since the 1980s.

The first signs in the academic year 2020/2021 point to a return to studying abroad

That Open Doors 2022 report. also measures study abroad by US students in the 2020-2021 academic year, a time when global mobility was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Data collected during the 2020-2021 academic year shows that US study abroad has been halted amid the pandemic to protect the global health and safety of students in Germany The United States and abroad. This is reflected in the total number of U.S. students studying abroad for coursework, which fell 91% to 14,549 students. In addition, over 400 US institutions reported an additional 32,990 US students participating in global online learning opportunities in the same year.

U.S. institutions reported a 523 percent increase in students going abroad in summer 2021, with 58 percent of all American students choosing to study abroad during the 2020-21 summer. These early signs indicate that study abroad demand remains high and that more students will return to study abroad programs in the years to come. Corresponding Spring Snapshot 2022 by IIE83% of the institutions recorded an increase in the number of students studying abroad in 2022/2023 compared to the previous year.

“As study abroad programs reemerge for American students, the Biden administration is expanding the tools available to students to provide better affordability and accessibility for all students and ensure they reflect the rich diversity of The United States“Satterfield said. “Study abroad is strategic as we prepare American students to compete in an increasingly connected world.”

Snapshot autumn 2022

US Institutions Report Continued International Student Growth for Fall 2022

That Snapshot of international student enrollment in Fall 2022 The results show a sustained positive course for international student mobility in The United States. US universities reported a 9% increase in total international student enrollment in the fall of 2022, with growth at all academic levels and in the OPT. The number of new international students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions has increased (7%), building on the 80% recovery in new enrollments in the 2021-22 academic year (Open doors 2022). Almost all institutions (99%) reported a return to face-to-face or hybrid studies. Eighty-seven percent (87%) reported that financial aid for international student recruitment is equal to or higher than last year. Over 630 US higher education institutions participated Snapshot of international student enrollment in Fall 2022.

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About open doors

open doors is a comprehensive source of information for international students at universities in The United States and US students studying abroad to earn academic credit at their home colleges or universities. open doors also reports on the number of international scholars at US universities and foreign students enrolled in intensive pre-graduate English programs. More details for 2020 open doors Findings are on the open doors Website. For more data, infographics, and resources, visit

About the Institute for International Education

Founded in 1919, IIE is a global non-profit organization that creates and delivers international educational programs, conducts research, and provides life-changing opportunities for students and scholars worldwide. IIE works with a range of corporate, government and foundation partners around the world to design and administer scholarships, study abroad, staff training and leadership development programs. IIE has a network of 18 offices and subsidiaries worldwide and over 1,300 member institutions. Visit

Through the U.S. Department of State Office of Education and Culture

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) builds relationships between people The United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sporting, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen national security The United States, support US international leadership and provide a wide range of domestic benefits by helping to break down barriers that often separate us. ECA sponsors the flagship Fulbright program, the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships for U.S. students in financial need, the Critical Language Scholarship program to support U.S. foreign language studies abroad, and the EducationUSA Network of over 400 advice centers worldwide that provides information to students interested in studying around the globe The United States. Visit

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