U.S. students studied in significantly greater numbers in less traditional destinations in 2008-2009, according to the new Open Doors survey report released today by the U.S. Department of State.
Over half of the top 25 study destinations for Americans were in countries where English is not a primary language. The number of U.S. students to Africa, for example, increased by 16 percent, those to Asia by 2 percent, those to the Middle East by 9 percent and those to South America by 13 percent.
The number of U.S. students studying abroad, however, saw a modest decrease of 0.8 percent during the academic year 2008-2009, with 260,327 students studying abroad for credit, compared to 262,416 the previous year.
Academic and intellectual exchange between the United States and other nations is crucial to enhancing mutual understanding and promoting U.S. security and economic well being.