American Students in Asia

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The number of Americans studying abroad in Asia has more than doubled in the last decade, from 21,700 in the 2001-02 academic year to 45,000 in 2010-11. About one-third of students go to English speaking countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, but the popularity of other countries, especially China, is growing rapidly. Europe continues to be the leading region of choice for US students studying abroad, but Europe’s share has declined to 55% from 63% a decade ago.

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Study Abroad in Asia 

Top Destinations for American Students Studying in Asia

Study Abroad in Asia                               

Source: Open Doors Report, Institute of International Education

 

Regional Comparison of American Students Studying Abroad

Asia* is the number 2 region in the world for American study abroad students.

Source: Open Doors Report, Institute of International Education

 

Regional Comparison of American Students Studying Abroad

This table shows regional comparison of American students studying abroad from academic year 2000/01 to 2010/11.

 Source: Open Doors Report, Institute of International Education

 

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This projects defines Asia as:

  • Northeast Asia: China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong
  • Southeast Asia: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Timor-Leste
  • South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • Pacific: Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu