About Open Doors

The Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange is published by the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of campuses regarding the international students in the United States since 1919, and with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. The census is based on a survey of approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions. Open Doors also conducts and reports on separate surveys on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit (since 1985), and on international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs.

About the Data

In this Open Doors data resource, you can browse data from the past decade of Open Doors by topic. You can also go to the main Open Doors data portal to see an index of all the available tables from the current year’s Open Doors report. See the FAQ for more information about the report, including definitions of terms and description of methodology.

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Additional Open Doors Data

The Open Doors report is published annually by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Open Doors data is published in book form, with 100+ pages of data, analysis of key topics, and special features, including additional tables that do not appear online.

Open Doors print publication: Visit IIEBooks to order the current Open Doors report and previous editions.

Open Doors 1948-2008 on CD-ROM: This electronic resource includes every issue of the Open Doors report published from 1948-2008. Each issue of the report is presented in its original form in fully searchable Adobe Acrobat files. This is not a searchable database.

Custom Data Reports: Some custom reports can be created for purchase by IIE Research. Use the request form to inquire about available reports and fees.


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Open Doors® is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities. This survey of international exchange activity in the United States is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IIE.