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2008/09

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS BY ACADEMIC LEVEL AND PLACE OF ORIGIN, 2008/09
Place of Origin Undergraduate % Undergraduate Graduate % Graduate Non-Degree % Non-Degree OPT % OPT Total
AFRICA 21,058 57.0 11,802 32.0 1,682 4.6 2,395 6.5 36,937
Africa, Unspecified 26 92.9 0 0.0 0 0.0 2 7.1 28
East Africa 7,893 60.8 3,953 30.4 276 2.1 863 6.6 12,985
Burundi 69 81.2 8 9.4 2 2.4 6 7.1 85
Comoros 6 26.1 15 65.2 2 8.7 0 0.0 23
Djibouti 5 38.5 4 30.8 4 30.8 0 0.0 13
Eritrea 57 33.9 93 55.4 4 2.4 14 8.3 168
Ethiopia 859 54.3 602 38.0 54 3.4 68 4.3 1,583
Kenya 3,792 64.5 1,597 27.2 86 1.5 402 6.8 5,877
Madagascar 59 48.0 58 47.2 6 4.9 0 0.0 123
Malawi 194 61.6 108 34.3 3 1.0 10 3.2 315
Mauritius 136 61.5 59 26.7 1 0.5 25 11.3 221
Mozambique 50 56.2 25 28.1 12 13.5 2 2.2 89
Reunion 4 50.0 4 50.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 8
Rwanda 224 61.2 107 29.2 21 5.7 14 3.8 366
Seychelles 4 44.4 4 44.4 1 11.1 0 0.0 9
Somalia 31 77.5 5 12.5 4 10.0 0 0.0 40
Tanzania 778 63.9 344 28.3 24 2.0 71 5.8 1,217
Uganda 395 47.2 362 43.3 19 2.3 60 7.2 836
Zambia 511 68.8 166 22.3 11 1.5 55 7.4 743
Zimbabwe 719 56.7 392 30.9 22 1.7 136 10.7 1,269
Central Africa 2,348 69.8 741 22.0 136 4.0 138 4.1 3,363
Angola 450 82.7 43 7.9 46 8.5 5 0.9 544
Cameroon 1,176 64.4 521 28.5 45 2.5 84 4.6 1,826
Central African Republic 32 76.2 3 7.1 3 7.1 4 9.5 42
Chad 97 70.3 23 16.7 10 7.2 8 5.8 138
Congo, Rep. of 141 67.8 48 23.1 11 5.3 8 3.8 208
Congo, Dem. Rep. of 156 63.2 67 27.1 6 2.4 18 7.3 247
Equatorial Guinea 85 90.4 3 3.2 5 5.3 1 1.1 94
Gabon 210 80.2 33 12.6 10 3.8 9 3.4 262
São Tomé and Príncipe 1 50.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 50.0 2
North Africa 1,619 36.4 1,916 43.1 687 15.5 224 5.0 4,446
Algeria 90 52.3 47 27.3 22 12.8 13 7.6 172
Egypt 545 28.5 1,111 58.0 161 8.4 98 5.1 1,915
Libya 71 10.6 211 31.6 383 57.4 2 0.3 667
Morocco 677 57.9 324 27.7 87 7.4 81 6.9 1,169
Sudan 113 52.1 89 41.0 6 2.8 9 4.1 217
Tunisia 123 40.2 134 43.8 28 9.2 21 6.9 306
Southern Africa 1,349 59.2 725 31.8 76 3.3 128 5.6 2,278
Botswana 187 62.8 95 31.9 4 1.3 12 4.0 298
Lesotho 37 60.7 10 16.4 9 14.8 5 8.2 61
Namibia 37 61.7 20 33.3 1 1.7 2 3.3 60
South Africa 974 57.2 569 33.4 58 3.4 102 6.0 1,703
Swaziland 114 73.1 31 19.9 4 2.6 7 4.5 156
West Africa 7,849 56.7 4,467 32.3 507 3.7 1,040 7.5 13,837
Benin 215 65.5 61 18.6 30 9.1 22 6.7 328
Burkina Faso 394 69.4 89 15.7 52 9.2 33 5.8 568
Cape Verde 65 65.0 18 18.0 12 12.0 5 5.0 100
Côte d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast 552 68.5 157 19.5 53 6.6 44 5.5 806
Gambia 253 77.1 51 15.5 6 1.8 18 5.5 328
Ghana 1,350 45.2 1,333 44.6 55 1.8 250 8.4 2,988
Guinea 130 68.4 33 17.4 15 7.9 12 6.3 190
Guinea-Bissau 12 70.6 4 23.5 0 0.0 1 5.9 17
Liberia 155 59.4 76 29.1 19 7.3 11 4.2 261
Mali 255 53.2 89 18.6 106 22.1 29 6.1 479
Mauritania 46 78.0 7 11.9 6 10.2 0 0.0 59
Niger 140 56.2 74 29.7 19 7.6 16 6.4 249
Nigeria 3,513 56.2 2,153 34.4 74 1.2 516 8.2 6,256
Senegal 386 60.1 168 26.2 33 5.1 55 8.6 642
Sierra Leone 100 57.8 59 34.1 5 2.9 9 5.2 173
St. Helena 7 58.3 3 25.0 0 0.0 2 16.7 12
Togo 250 65.6 92 24.1 22 5.8 17 4.5 381
ASIA 150,850 36.3 199,051 48.0 25,471 6.1 39,628 9.5 415,000
Asia, Unspecified 77 95.1 0 0.0 1 1.2 3 3.7 81
East Asia 94,571 39.2 106,189 44.1 20,398 8.5 19,794 8.2 240,952
China 26,275 26.7 57,452 58.5 6,296 6.4 8,212 8.4 98,235
Hong Kong 5,901 70.8 1,362 16.4 427 5.1 639 7.7 8,329
Japan 16,770 57.3 6,287 21.5 3,970 13.6 2,237 7.6 29,264
Macau 313 73.0 57 13.3 19 4.4 40 9.3 429
Mongolia 1,057 69.4 229 15.0 148 9.7 88 5.8 1,522
North Korea 34 79.1 7 16.3 2 4.7 0 0.0 43
South Korea 37,078 49.4 25,463 33.9 7,390 9.8 5,134 6.8 75,065
Taiwan 7,143 25.5 15,332 54.6 2,146 7.6 3,444 12.3 28,065
South & Central Asia 30,677 23.7 79,785 61.6 2,426 1.9 16,684 12.9 129,572
Afghanistan 221 54.3 154 37.8 19 4.7 13 3.2 407
Bangladesh 987 36.5 1,421 52.5 65 2.4 233 8.6 2,706
Bhutan 60 55.0 38 34.9 7 6.4 4 3.7 109
India 15,600 15.1 71,019 68.8 1,755 1.7 14,886 14.4 103,260
Kazakhstan 1,136 66.3 388 22.6 141 8.2 49 2.9 1,714
Kyrgyzstan 122 44.4 101 36.7 31 11.3 21 7.6 275
Maldives 25 69.4 7 19.4 0 0.0 4 11.1 36
Nepal 7,894 68.2 2,792 24.1 113 1.0 782 6.8 11,581
Pakistan 2,572 48.5 2,216 41.8 88 1.7 422 8.0 5,298
Sri Lanka 1,416 47.6 1,294 43.5 49 1.6 217 7.3 2,976
Tajikistan 141 41.2 65 19.0 128 37.4 8 2.3 342
Turkmenistan 99 55.0 62 34.4 10 5.6 9 5.0 180
Uzbekistan 404 58.7 228 33.1 20 2.9 36 5.2 688
Southeast Asia 25,525 57.5 13,077 29.5 2,646 6.0 3,147 7.1 44,395
Brunei 27 69.2 12 30.8 0 0.0 0 0.0 39
Cambodia 240 68.0 85 24.1 9 2.5 19 5.4 353
East Timor 19 61.3 9 29.0 1 3.2 2 6.5 31
Indonesia 4,672 62.2 1,853 24.7 185 2.5 799 10.6 7,509
Laos 47 58.8 20 25.0 8 10.0 5 6.3 80
Malaysia 3,898 65.6 1,393 23.4 93 1.6 558 9.4 5,942
Myanmar 434 65.1 170 25.5 18 2.7 45 6.7 667
Philippines 2,290 54.2 1,438 34.0 165 3.9 333 7.9 4,226
Singapore 2,012 50.4 1,444 36.2 240 6.0 293 7.3 3,989
Thailand 2,639 30.2 4,709 53.9 656 7.5 732 8.4 8,736
Vietnam 9,247 72.1 1,944 15.2 1,271 9.9 361 2.8 12,823
EUROPE 36,489 41.6 34,026 38.8 10,971 12.5 6,162 7.0 87,648
Albania 418 55.2 256 33.8 24 3.2 59 7.8 757
Andorra 5 41.7 6 50.0 1 8.3 0 0.0 12
Armenia 128 31.9 206 51.4 46 11.5 21 5.2 401
Austria 358 39.4 283 31.1 219 24.1 49 5.4 909
Azerbaijan 172 47.3 129 35.4 32 8.8 31 8.5 364
Belarus 224 50.6 172 38.8 22 5.0 25 5.6 443
Belgium 341 39.7 385 44.9 77 9.0 55 6.4 858
Bosnia & Herzegovina 266 65.0 115 28.1 9 2.2 19 4.6 409
Bulgaria 1,511 52.3 1,017 35.2 61 2.1 300 10.4 2,889
Croatia 314 50.9 237 38.4 20 3.2 46 7.5 617
Cyprus 258 37.1 368 52.9 27 3.9 43 6.2 696
Czech Republic 425 45.9 346 37.4 97 10.5 57 6.2 925
Denmark 373 37.3 302 30.2 271 27.1 53 5.3 999
Estonia 149 55.2 76 28.1 22 8.1 23 8.5 270
Finland 361 47.9 181 24.0 175 23.2 36 4.8 753
France 2,473 33.3 2,684 36.2 1,694 22.8 570 7.7 7,421
Georgia 167 41.0 203 49.9 16 3.9 21 5.2 407
Germany 3,555 36.7 3,640 37.6 2,003 20.7 481 5.0 9,679
Gibraltar 2 33.3 4 66.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 6
Greece 432 22.8 1,218 64.2 39 2.1 207 10.9 1,896
Hungary 279 41.0 273 40.1 65 9.6 63 9.3 680
Iceland 128 33.5 217 56.8 19 5.0 18 4.7 382
Ireland 407 38.4 386 36.4 188 17.8 78 7.4 1,059
Italy 1,033 26.2 2,006 50.8 649 16.5 257 6.5 3,945
Kosovo 52 69.3 12 16.0 4 5.3 7 9.3 75
Latvia 202 63.1 79 24.7 19 5.9 20 6.3 320
Liechtenstein 3 37.5 3 37.5 2 25.0 0 0.0 8
Lithuania 225 53.6 135 32.1 21 5.0 39 9.3 420
Luxembourg 72 82.8 11 12.6 3 3.4 1 1.1 87
Macedonia 157 47.7 116 35.3 24 7.3 32 9.7 329
Malta 11 29.7 11 29.7 13 35.1 2 5.4 37
Moldova 285 58.8 144 29.7 27 5.6 29 6.0 485
Monaco 6 50.0 4 33.3 2 16.7 0 0.0 12
Montenegro 63 52.5 32 26.7 14 11.7 11 9.2 120
Netherlands 839 44.9 546 29.2 400 21.4 85 4.5 1,870
Norway 807 59.8 352 26.1 133 9.9 57 4.2 1,349
Poland 1,415 51.0 901 32.5 197 7.1 259 9.3 2,772
Portugal 368 37.8 435 44.7 106 10.9 65 6.7 974
Romania 958 36.7 1,333 51.0 66 2.5 255 9.8 2,612
Russia 2,074 42.3 2,094 42.7 360 7.3 380 7.7 4,908
San Marino 0 0.0 1 50.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 2
Serbia 614 49.8 458 37.1 49 4.0 113 9.2 1,234
Slovakia 289 53.2 190 35.0 25 4.6 39 7.2 543
Slovenia 101 50.8 74 37.2 11 5.5 13 6.5 199
Spain 1,097 28.5 1,648 42.8 823 21.4 281 7.3 3,849
Sweden 2,293 69.9 455 13.9 386 11.8 145 4.4 3,279
Switzerland 543 41.3 488 37.1 192 14.6 93 7.1 1,316
Turkey 4,393 33.1 6,838 51.6 937 7.1 1,095 8.3 12,148
Ukraine 673 39.2 814 47.4 75 4.4 154 9.0 1,716
United Kingdom 4,352 50.0 2,468 28.4 1,260 14.5 621 7.1 8,701
Vatican City/Holy See 2 66.7 1 33.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 3
Yugoslavia, Former 35 60.3 19 32.8 3 5.2 1 1.7 58
LATIN AMERICA 38,195 56.4 20,903 30.9 4,444 6.6 4,189 6.2 67,731
Latin America, Unspecified 20 100.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 20
Caribbean 9,268 69.6 3,048 22.9 266 2.0 738 5.5 13,320
Anguilla 67 94.4 4 5.6 0 0.0 0 0.0 71
Antigua & Barbuda 133 70.4 39 20.6 3 1.6 14 7.4 189
Aruba 80 64.5 27 21.8 7 5.6 10 8.1 124
Bahamas 1,422 80.2 276 15.6 10 0.6 65 3.7 1,773
Barbados 301 66.6 119 26.3 8 1.8 24 5.3 452
British Virgin Islands 80 83.3 13 13.5 1 1.0 2 2.1 96
Cayman Islands 141 86.0 19 11.6 0 0.0 4 2.4 164
Cuba 53 63.1 17 20.2 14 16.7 0 0.0 84
Dominica 185 64.9 72 25.3 4 1.4 24 8.4 285
Dominican Republic 917 66.1 342 24.7 72 5.2 56 4.0 1,387
Grenada 190 63.8 63 21.1 9 3.0 36 12.1 298
Guadeloupe 11 78.6 2 14.3 0 0.0 1 7.1 14
Haiti 651 76.0 125 14.6 48 5.6 33 3.9 857
Jamaica 2,600 66.6 1,034 26.5 35 0.9 233 6.0 3,902
Martinique 4 57.1 1 14.3 0 0.0 2 28.6 7
Montserrat 9 69.2 3 23.1 0 0.0 1 7.7 13
Netherlands Antilles 135 72.2 39 20.9 8 4.3 5 2.7 187
St. Kitts & Nevis 233 75.2 47 15.2 10 3.2 20 6.5 310
St. Lucia 193 58.3 98 29.6 5 1.5 35 10.6 331
St. Vincent & Grenadines 76 62.3 34 27.9 3 2.5 9 7.4 122
Trinidad & Tobago 1,616 65.3 671 27.1 28 1.1 160 6.5 2,475
Turks & Caicos Islands 161 95.3 3 1.8 1 0.6 4 2.4 169
Caribbean, Unspecified 10 100.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 10
Mexico & Central America 13,258 61.9 5,690 26.6 1,367 6.4 1,115 5.2 21,430
Belize 279 59.6 147 31.4 3 0.6 39 8.3 468
Costa Rica 498 48.5 417 40.6 52 5.1 60 5.8 1,027
El Salvador 891 75.3 166 14.0 73 6.2 54 4.6 1,184
Guatemala 731 66.8 233 21.3 59 5.4 71 6.5 1,094
Honduras 897 73.2 214 17.5 61 5.0 54 4.4 1,226
Mexico 8,934 60.2 4,148 27.9 1,044 7.0 724 4.9 14,850
Nicaragua 299 66.7 92 20.5 31 6.9 26 5.8 448
Panama 729 64.3 273 24.1 44 3.9 87 7.7 1,133
South America 15,649 47.5 12,165 36.9 2,811 8.5 2,336 7.1 32,961
Argentina 717 30.1 1,277 53.7 120 5.0 266 11.2 2,380
Bolivia 659 61.8 278 26.1 42 3.9 88 8.2 1,067
Brazil 4,201 47.9 3,019 34.4 988 11.3 559 6.4 8,767
Chile 521 26.7 1,058 54.2 259 13.3 115 5.9 1,953
Colombia 2,973 42.4 2,993 42.7 628 9.0 419 6.0 7,013
Ecuador 1,348 59.4 596 26.3 131 5.8 193 8.5 2,268
Falkland Islands 11 33.3 12 36.4 0 0.0 10 30.3 33
French Guiana 3 75.0 1 25.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 4
Guyana 153 54.6 103 36.8 6 2.1 18 6.4 280
Paraguay 246 64.7 90 23.7 27 7.1 17 4.5 380
Peru 1,798 50.0 1,306 36.3 205 5.7 289 8.0 3,598
Suriname 66 71.0 22 23.7 0 0.0 5 5.4 93
Uruguay 148 33.1 257 57.5 17 3.8 25 5.6 447
Venezuela 2,805 60.0 1,153 24.6 388 8.3 332 7.1 4,678
MIDDLE EAST 14,044 48.2 10,860 37.3 3,158 10.8 1,078 3.7 29,140
Bahrain 304 70.5 85 19.7 21 4.9 21 4.9 431
Iran 572 16.2 2,639 74.7 121 3.4 201 5.7 3,533
Iraq 130 36.2 189 52.6 27 7.5 13 3.6 359
Israel 1,055 34.5 1,593 52.1 146 4.8 266 8.7 3,060
Jordan 678 30.5 1,263 56.8 147 6.6 137 6.2 2,225
Kuwait 1,367 67.3 478 23.5 130 6.4 56 2.8 2,031
Lebanon 666 36.5 940 51.6 64 3.5 153 8.4 1,823
Oman 177 65.3 58 21.4 32 11.8 4 1.5 271
Palestinian Territories 168 46.4 150 41.4 28 7.7 16 4.4 362
Qatar 330 71.3 42 9.1 90 19.4 1 0.2 463
Saudi Arabia 7,563 59.7 2,903 22.9 2,041 16.1 154 1.2 12,661
Syria 174 38.3 223 49.1 32 7.0 25 5.5 454
United Arab Emirates 738 60.6 206 16.9 253 20.8 21 1.7 1,218
Yemen 122 49.0 91 36.5 26 10.4 10 4.0 249
NORTH AMERICA 14,581 48.4 13,259 44.0 476 1.6 1,791 5.9 30,107
Bermuda 320 78.0 74 18.0 3 0.7 13 3.2 410
Canada 14,261 48.0 13,185 44.4 473 1.6 1,778 6.0 29,697
OCEANIA 2,697 53.4 1,424 28.2 632 12.5 300 5.9 5,053
Australia 1,536 48.0 940 29.3 533 16.6 194 6.1 3,203
Cook Islands 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 1
Fiji 152 79.2 16 8.3 9 4.7 15 7.8 192
French Polynesia 26 74.3 7 20.0 1 2.9 1 2.9 35
Kiribati 23 76.7 4 13.3 3 10.0 0 0.0 30
Marshall Islands 62 98.4 1 1.6 0 0.0 0 0.0 63
Micronesia 101 85.6 12 10.2 2 1.7 3 2.5 118
Nauru 1 16.7 5 83.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 6
New Caledonia 6 85.7 1 14.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 7
New Zealand 532 49.5 391 36.4 76 7.1 75 7.0 1,074
Niue 8 72.7 2 18.2 1 9.1 0 0.0 11
Palau 24 72.7 6 18.2 2 6.1 1 3.0 33
Papua New Guinea 40 71.4 15 26.8 0 0.0 1 1.8 56
Samoa 67 71.3 17 18.1 3 3.2 7 7.4 94
Solomon Islands 4 66.7 2 33.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 6
Tonga 108 93.9 3 2.6 1 0.9 3 2.6 115
Tuvalu 2 50.0 1 25.0 1 25.0 0 0.0 4
Vanuatu 5 100.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 5
WORLD TOTAL 269,874 40.2 283,329 42.2 51,812 7.7 66,601 9.9 671,616

* Academic level totals by place of origin differ from the official academic level totals reported in Table 4 and throughout due to differences in responses to the nationality and academic level questions on the survey. Percent distribution may not total 100% due to rounding.
** "Non-degree" includes both intensive English programs and other non-degree study. This category corresponds to the "Other" category in Open Doors 2007. Prior to Open Doors 2007, the "Other" category also included students on Optional Practical Training.

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Suggested citation: Institute of International Education. (2009). "International Students by Academic Level and Place of Origin, 2008/09." Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors