2013 Open Doors Press Briefing Washington DC

November 1, 2017 November 11, 2013

On November 11, 2013, the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs released the latest statistics and trends on international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad from the new Open Doors 2013 Report on International Educational Exchange.


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Open Doors Briefing at the National Press Club

The Open Doors findings were the topic of a briefing on November 12 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, with Assistant Secretary of State Evan M. Ryan, in conjunction with the worldwide observance of International Education Week. The event included a presentation of the data and a lively conversation about international education among the assembled group of more than 100 educators, U.S. and foreign government representatives, international associations, and members of the press.

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A Message from Asst. Secretary of State Evan M. Ryan and Secretary of State John Kerry and

“I call upon all U.S. universities, students and administrators to prioritize international education. We need to work together to make sure that study abroad – whether it’s in person or virtual – to make it a reality for all students regardless of socio-economic background or field of study….Let’s make sure that everything that we teach in our classrooms, whether it’s political science or neuroscience, that all of it integrates a global perspective.”

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International Student Data

The number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by seven percent to a record high of 819,644 students in the 2012/13 academic year. In 2012/13, 55,000 more international students enrolled in U.S. higher education compared to 2011/12, with most of the growth driven by China and Saudi Arabia.  International students’ spending in all 50 states contributed approximately $24 billion to the U.S. economy.

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U.S. Study Abroad

The number of U.S. students who studied abroad for academic credit increased by three percent to 283,332 students in 2011/12, a higher rate of growth than the one percent increase the previous year. Study abroad by American students has more than tripled over the past two decades. Despite these increases, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point during their undergraduate years.

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Open Doors featured in the News

International students and study abroad were the headlines for news articles in media outlets across the United States and around the world. The top news from Open Doors was featured in news articles in the New York Times and USA Today, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Los Angeles Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and other papers around the country reported on the impact of international education on universities and communities in their regions.

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New Data and highlights on Open Doors website

On the Open Doors website, you can access the new data from Open Doors 2013, the annual report on student mobility, as well as press releases and background information to help explain the trends. Open Doors contains extensive data and analysis on numbers of foreign students and scholars on U.S. campuses and American students studying abroad, and is supported by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

On the Open Doors page, you can also access the results of a Fall 2013 International Enrollment survey that IIE conducted jointly with seven other major higher education organizations.