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2009/10

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS BY ACADEMIC LEVEL AND PLACE OF ORIGIN, 2009/10
Place of Origin Under-graduate % Undergraduate Graduate % Graduate Non-Degree % Non-Degree OPT % OPT Total
AFRICA 20,059 54.1 12,094 32.6 1,948 5.3 2,961 8.0 37,062
East Africa 5,921 60.0 2,926 29.6 236 2.4 789 8.0 9,872
Burundi 85 75.2 11 9.7 15 13.3 2 1.8 113
Djibouti 1 33.3 1 33.3 1 33.3 0 0.0 3
Eritrea 62 37.8 84 51.2 8 4.9 10 6.1 164
Ethiopia 914 58.9 498 32.1 68 4.4 73 4.7 1,553
Kenya 3,354 62.3 1,440 26.7 72 1.3 518 9.6 5,384
Rwanda 297 65.9 113 25.1 18 4.0 23 5.1 451
Seychelles 5 100.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 5
Somalia 27 75.0 7 19.4 2 5.6 0 0.0 36
Sudan 102 47.9 89 41.8 10 4.7 12 5.6 213
Tanzania 665 60.6 326 29.7 21 1.9 86 7.8 1,098
Uganda 409 48.0 357 41.9 21 2.5 65 7.6 852
Central Africa 1,832 63.8 669 23.3 183 6.4 188 6.5 2,872
Cameroon 1,149 61.1 512 27.2 86 4.6 134 7.1 1,881
Central African Republic 27 84.4 1 3.1 4 12.5 0 0.0 32
Chad 67 69.8 18 18.8 4 4.2 7 7.3 96
Congo 125 54.6 50 21.8 39 17.0 15 6.6 229
Congo, Dem. Rep. 159 63.9 60 24.1 11 4.4 19 7.6 249
Equatorial Guinea 61 78.2 5 6.4 12 15.4 0 0.0 78
Gabon 244 79.7 23 7.5 27 8.8 12 3.9 306
São Tomé and Príncipe 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 100.0 1
North Africa 1,591 32.2 2,404 48.7 680 13.8 266 5.4 4,941
Algeria 71 39.9 76 42.7 19 10.7 12 6.7 178
Egypt 676 29.8 1,271 56.0 189 8.3 135 5.9 2,271
Libya 106 10.0 584 54.9 361 33.9 13 1.2 1,064
Morocco 604 53.9 343 30.6 86 7.7 87 7.8 1,120
Tunisia 134 43.5 130 42.2 25 8.1 19 6.2 308
Southern Africa 3,047 57.3 1,530 28.8 280 5.3 456 8.6 5,313
Angola 417 67.8 42 6.8 145 23.6 11 1.8 615
Botswana 108 50.9 76 35.8 11 5.2 17 8.0 212
Comoros 20 40.0 18 36.0 11 22.0 1 2.0 50
Lesotho 31 64.6 13 27.1 4 8.3 0 0.0 48
Madagascar 87 61.3 45 31.7 2 1.4 8 5.6 142
Malawi 147 53.6 103 37.6 2 0.7 22 8.0 274
Mauritius 122 58.1 67 31.9 5 2.4 16 7.6 210
Mozambique 54 61.4 27 30.7 1 1.1 6 6.8 88
Namibia 31 40.8 36 47.4 1 1.3 8 10.5 76
Reunion 1 50.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 50.0 2
South Africa 890 53.7 557 33.6 68 4.1 141 8.5 1,656
Swaziland 87 62.1 36 25.7 7 5.0 10 7.1 140
Zambia 393 61.3 164 25.6 10 1.6 74 11.5 641
Zimbabwe 659 56.9 346 29.9 13 1.1 141 12.2 1,159
West Africa 7,668 54.5 4,565 32.5 569 4.0 1,262 9.0 14,064
Benin 225 65.8 69 20.2 36 10.5 12 3.5 342
Burkina Faso 430 63.2 112 16.5 107 15.7 31 4.6 680
Cape Verde 34 81.0 5 11.9 2 4.8 1 2.4 42
Côte d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast 608 70.1 148 17.1 64 7.4 47 5.4 867
Gambia 233 77.9 40 13.4 7 2.3 19 6.4 299
Ghana 1,257 42.6 1,305 44.2 55 1.9 334 11.3 2,951
Guinea 126 70.0 30 16.7 11 6.1 13 7.2 180
Guinea-Bissau 13 86.7 2 13.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 15
Liberia 143 61.9 71 30.7 10 4.3 7 3.0 231
Mali 272 54.4 99 19.8 104 20.8 25 5.0 500
Mauritania 32 61.5 12 23.1 6 11.5 2 3.8 52
Niger 140 61.4 54 23.7 11 4.8 23 10.1 228
Nigeria 3,498 53.3 2,327 35.4 97 1.5 646 9.8 6,568
Senegal 374 59.9 157 25.2 35 5.6 58 9.3 624
Sierra Leone 94 54.3 57 32.9 4 2.3 18 10.4 173
St. Helena 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 2 100.0 2
Togo 189 61.0 77 24.8 20 6.5 24 7.7 310
ASIA 156,056 36.4 201,734 46.3 29,130 6.7 48,747 11.2 435,667
East Asia 102,654 39.3 111,437 42.7 23,758 9.1 23,276 8.9 261,125
China 39,921 31.3 66,453 52.1 10,251 8.0 11,003 8.6 127,628
Hong Kong 5,629 70.1 1,318 16.4 468 5.8 619 7.7 8,034
Japan 13,063 52.6 5,390 21.7 4,321 17.4 2,068 8.3 24,842
Macau 321 68.6 67 14.3 30 6.4 50 10.7 468
Mongolia 835 66.4 204 16.2 113 9.0 106 8.4 1,258
North Korea 42 73.7 6 10.5 10 17.5 -1 -1.8 57
South Korea 36,234 50.2 23,386 32.4 6,671 9.2 5,862 8.1 72,153
Taiwan 6,609 24.8 14,613 54.8 1,894 7.1 3,569 13.4 26,685
South and Central Asia 28,952 22.1 77,249 59.1 2,586 2.0 21,938 16.8 130,725
Afghanistan 199 46.7 185 43.4 27 6.3 15 3.5 426
Bangladesh 853 32.6 1,461 55.8 44 1.7 261 10.0 2,619
Bhutan 56 44.4 46 36.5 7 5.6 17 13.5 126
India 15,192 14.5 68,290 65.1 1,758 1.7 19,657 18.7 104,897
Kazakhstan 1,147 59.2 381 19.7 339 17.5 69 3.6 1,936
Kyrgyzstan 115 42.0 111 40.5 25 9.1 23 8.4 274
Maldives 26 66.7 11 28.2 0 0.0 2 5.1 39
Nepal 7,209 64.2 2,897 25.8 95 0.8 1,032 9.2 11,233
Pakistan 2,377 45.5 2,157 41.3 146 2.8 542 10.4 5,222
Sri Lanka 1,317 44.5 1,339 45.3 47 1.6 254 8.6 2,957
Tajikistan 157 54.5 76 26.4 38 13.2 17 5.9 288
Turkmenistan 73 37.4 76 39.0 36 18.5 10 5.1 195
Uzbekistan 231 45.0 219 42.7 24 4.7 39 7.6 513
Southeast Asia 24,450 55.8 13,048 29.8 2,786 6.4 3,533 8.1 43,817
Brunei 32 74.4 10 23.3 1 2.3 0 0.0 43
Cambodia 213 61.4 86 24.8 29 8.4 19 5.5 347
East Timor 19 73.1 6 23.1 1 3.8 0 0.0 26
Indonesia 4,313 62.1 1,595 23.0 204 2.9 831 12.0 6,943
Laos 32 50.0 20 31.3 12 18.8 0 0.0 64
Malaysia 4,097 66.2 1,405 22.7 112 1.8 576 9.3 6,190
Myanmar 466 67.1 150 21.6 27 3.9 52 7.5 695
Philippines 1,917 50.2 1,314 34.4 219 5.7 365 9.6 3,815
Singapore 1,971 48.7 1,455 35.9 282 7.0 343 8.5 4,051
Thailand 2,526 29.6 4,553 53.4 621 7.3 831 9.7 8,531
Vietnam 8,864 67.6 2,454 18.7 1,278 9.7 516 3.9 13,112
EUROPE 32,231 37.9 32,943 38.7 12,706 14.9 7,204 8.5 85,084
Albania 437 55.3 241 30.5 35 4.4 77 9.7 790
Andorra 1 9.1 4 36.4 5 45.5 1 9.1 11
Armenia 115 30.7 180 48.1 48 12.8 31 8.3 374
Austria 323 32.5 299 30.1 312 31.4 60 6.0 994
Azerbaijan 175 42.8 166 40.6 29 7.1 39 9.5 409
Belarus 197 48.3 143 35.0 24 5.9 44 10.8 408
Belgium 356 42.1 311 36.8 108 12.8 70 8.3 845
Bosnia and Herzegovina 253 62.6 106 26.2 24 5.9 21 5.2 404
Bulgaria 1,154 46.3 900 36.1 56 2.2 385 15.4 2,495
Croatia 294 47.2 245 39.3 24 3.9 60 9.6 623
Cyprus 211 36.0 296 50.5 21 3.6 58 9.9 586
Czech Republic 362 43.7 298 36.0 105 12.7 63 7.6 828
Denmark 332 33.6 269 27.2 346 35.0 42 4.2 989
Estonia 126 57.3 61 27.7 22 10.0 11 5.0 220
Finland 324 48.9 147 22.2 158 23.8 34 5.1 663
France 2,398 31.1 2,639 34.2 1,981 25.7 698 9.0 7,716
Georgia 182 40.6 196 43.8 31 6.9 39 8.7 448
Germany 3,213 33.7 3,401 35.6 2,379 24.9 555 5.8 9,548
Gibraltar 10 55.6 8 44.4 0 0.0 0 0.0 18
Greece 402 21.9 1,166 63.5 62 3.4 207 11.3 1,837
Hungary 280 42.2 261 39.3 76 11.4 47 7.1 664
Iceland 128 31.4 225 55.3 20 4.9 34 8.4 407
Ireland 395 32.6 404 33.3 343 28.3 70 5.8 1,212
Italy 1,008 24.8 1,976 48.5 774 19.0 314 7.7 4,072
Kosovo 43 48.9 26 29.5 7 8.0 12 13.6 88
Latvia 164 57.3 77 26.9 17 5.9 28 9.8 286
Liechtenstein 6 75.0 2 25.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 8
Lithuania 191 52.9 113 31.3 27 7.5 30 8.3 361
Luxembourg 31 55.4 12 21.4 8 14.3 5 8.9 56
Macedonia 127 45.7 108 38.8 14 5.0 29 10.4 278
Malta 15 46.9 8 25.0 5 15.6 4 12.5 32
Moldova 255 57.8 125 28.3 13 2.9 48 10.9 441
Monaco 11 47.8 11 47.8 1 4.3 0 0.0 23
Montenegro 53 56.4 24 25.5 11 11.7 6 6.4 94
Netherlands 730 39.9 552 30.2 436 23.8 112 6.1 1,830
Norway 852 58.1 331 22.6 199 13.6 85 5.8 1,467
Poland 1,039 45.9 802 35.4 169 7.5 254 11.2 2,264
Portugal 394 38.8 445 43.8 93 9.2 83 8.2 1,015
Romania 724 32.8 1,164 52.8 74 3.4 242 11.0 2,204
Russia 1,975 40.9 2,035 42.2 353 7.3 464 9.6 4,827
San Marino 1 50.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 2
Serbia 546 46.5 443 37.7 54 4.6 132 11.2 1,175
Slovakia 219 47.0 174 37.3 31 6.7 42 9.0 466
Slovenia 88 45.8 82 42.7 12 6.3 10 5.2 192
Spain 1,070 26.9 1,632 41.1 951 23.9 318 8.0 3,971
Sweden 1,959 62.9 461 14.8 499 16.0 197 6.3 3,116
Switzerland 522 40.7 437 34.0 203 15.8 122 9.5 1,284
Turkey 3,656 29.5 6,585 53.1 989 8.0 1,167 9.4 12,397
Ukraine 636 36.8 818 47.4 99 5.7 174 10.1 1,727
United Kingdom 4,217 47.6 2,509 28.3 1,457 16.4 678 7.7 8,861
Vatican City/Holy See 1 100.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 1
Yugoslavia, Former 30 52.6 24 42.1 1 1.8 2 3.5 57
LATIN AMERICA 34,418 52.4 21,376 32.6 4,629 7.1 5,209 7.9 65,632
Caribbean 8,238 62.8 3,438 26.2 402 3.1 1,034 7.9 13,112
Anguilla 52 80.0 10 15.4 1 1.5 2 3.1 65
Antigua and Barbuda 117 54.9 66 31.0 5 2.3 25 11.7 213
Aruba 51 70.8 11 15.3 0 0.0 10 13.9 72
Bahamas 1,394 76.3 301 16.5 25 1.4 108 5.9 1,828
Barbados 203 56.4 119 33.1 5 1.4 33 9.2 360
British Virgin Islands 95 77.9 14 11.5 3 2.5 10 8.2 122
Cayman Islands 134 84.8 15 9.5 1 0.6 8 5.1 158
Cuba 50 56.8 27 30.7 6 6.8 5 5.7 88
Dominica 157 52.2 101 33.6 8 2.7 35 11.6 301
Dominican Republic 883 63.1 372 26.6 75 5.4 70 5.0 1,400
Grenada 133 57.6 68 29.4 3 1.3 27 11.7 231
Guadeloupe 13 92.9 0 0.0 1 7.1 0 0.0 14
Haiti 648 64.0 208 20.6 108 10.7 48 4.7 1,012
Jamaica 2,106 59.7 1,033 29.3 77 2.2 314 8.9 3,530
Martinique 5 62.5 2 25.0 1 12.5 0 0.0 8
Montserrat 14 93.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 6.7 15
Netherlands Antilles 155 63.5 48 19.7 25 10.2 16 6.6 244
St. Kitts and Nevis 183 75.0 36 14.8 3 1.2 22 9.0 244
St. Lucia 256 48.4 191 36.1 24 4.5 58 11.0 529
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 81 65.3 32 25.8 3 2.4 8 6.5 124
Trinidad and Tobago 1,377 57.3 767 31.9 26 1.1 232 9.7 2,402
Turks and Caicos Islands 127 87.0 15 10.3 2 1.4 2 1.4 146
Caribbean, Unspecified 4 66.7 2 33.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 6
Mexico and Central America 11,780 59.0 5,538 27.8 1,392 7.0 1,246 6.2 19,956
Belize 219 52.8 133 32.0 4 1.0 59 14.2 415
Costa Rica 514 47.2 445 40.9 54 5.0 76 7.0 1,089
El Salvador 898 74.3 157 13.0 86 7.1 67 5.5 1,208
Guatemala 627 63.2 241 24.3 51 5.1 73 7.4 992
Honduras 865 64.7 310 23.2 79 5.9 83 6.2 1,337
Mexico 7,715 57.4 3,911 29.1 1,044 7.8 780 5.8 13,450
Nicaragua 223 58.2 106 27.7 31 8.1 23 6.0 383
Panama 719 66.5 235 21.7 43 4.0 85 7.9 1,082
South America 14,400 44.2 12,400 38.1 2,835 8.7 2,929 9.0 32,564
Argentina 587 27.1 1,192 55.1 130 6.0 256 11.8 2,165
Bolivia 619 59.6 270 26.0 51 4.9 99 9.5 1,039
Brazil 4,083 46.5 3,121 35.5 882 10.0 700 8.0 8,786
Chile 481 23.4 1,162 56.5 267 13.0 145 7.1 2,055
Colombia 2,562 37.0 3,113 45.0 631 9.1 614 8.9 6,920
Ecuador 1,248 55.9 642 28.8 142 6.4 200 9.0 2,232
Falkland Islands 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 1
French Guiana 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 1 50.0 2
Guyana 144 48.6 112 37.8 13 4.4 27 9.1 296
Paraguay 212 62.4 79 23.2 19 5.6 30 8.8 340
Peru 1,496 45.6 1,245 38.0 185 5.6 353 10.8 3,279
Suriname 64 63.4 22 21.8 5 5.0 10 9.9 101
Uruguay 124 31.8 204 52.3 29 7.4 33 8.5 390
Venezuela 2,780 56.1 1,237 24.9 480 9.7 461 9.3 4,958
MIDDLE EAST 15,200 45.0 12,302 36.4 4,931 14.6 1,364 4.0 33,797
Bahrain 305 73.5 78 18.8 14 3.4 18 4.3 415
Iran 542 11.5 3,773 79.8 155 3.3 261 5.5 4,731
Iraq 138 32.6 200 47.3 87 20.6 -2 -0.5 423
Israel 893 32.1 1,446 52.1 169 6.1 270 9.7 2,778
Jordan 506 25.4 1,215 60.9 139 7.0 135 6.8 1,995
Kuwait 1,511 61.9 514 21.0 353 14.5 64 2.6 2,442
Lebanon 528 32.8 852 53.0 38 2.4 190 11.8 1,608
Oman 176 61.5 64 22.4 36 12.6 10 3.5 286
Palestinian Territories 139 45.7 131 43.1 15 4.9 19 6.3 304
Qatar 499 75.3 50 7.5 110 16.6 4 0.6 663
Saudi Arabia 8,767 55.5 3,474 22.0 3,247 20.5 322 2.0 15,810
Syria 154 36.3 193 45.5 50 11.8 27 6.4 424
United Arab Emirates 901 54.5 244 14.8 478 28.9 30 1.8 1,653
Yemen 141 53.2 68 25.7 40 15.1 16 6.0 265
NORTH AMERICA 13,942 48.8 12,019 42.1 622 2.2 1,991 7.0 28,574
Bermuda 335 78.1 69 16.1 3 0.7 22 5.1 429
Canada 13,607 48.3 11,950 42.5 619 2.2 1,969 7.0 28,145
OCEANIA 2,523 49.6 1,412 27.7 831 16.3 325 6.4 5,091
Australia 1,421 43.1 952 28.9 714 21.7 209 6.3 3,296
Cook Islands 7 77.8 1 11.1 0 0.0 1 11.1 9
Fiji 127 80.9 19 12.1 6 3.8 5 3.2 157
French Polynesia 16 57.1 6 21.4 5 17.9 1 3.6 28
Kiribati 20 64.5 3 9.7 8 25.8 0 0.0 31
Marshall Islands 47 92.2 3 5.9 1 2.0 0 0.0 51
Micronesia 113 98.3 2 1.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 115
Nauru 0 0.0 1 50.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 2
New Caledonia 8 66.7 1 8.3 3 25.0 0 0.0 12
New Zealand 553 50.1 372 33.7 86 7.8 92 8.3 1,103
Niue 8 22.2 22 61.1 0 0.0 6 16.7 36
Norfolk Island 5 100.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 5
Palau 29 90.6 1 3.1 2 6.3 0 0.0 32
Papua New Guinea 32 61.5 12 23.1 1 1.9 7 13.5 52
Samoa 37 86.0 2 4.7 2 4.7 2 4.7 43
Solomon Islands 4 50.0 3 37.5 1 12.5 0 0.0 8
Tonga 90 88.2 9 8.8 1 1.0 2 2.0 102
Tuvalu 1 50.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 2
Vanuatu 4 80.0 1 20.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 5
Wallis and Futuna 1 50.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 2
Stateless 2 12.5 5 31.3 6 37.5 3 18.8 16
WORLD TOTAL 274,431 39.7 293,885 42.3 54,803 7.9 67,804 9.8 690,923

* 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. (2010). "International Students by Academic Level and Place of Origin, 2009/10." Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors