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Still: White, Short, & to Europe

VU International News and Reviews No. 124 November 20 2018

November 2018

IIE has produced the 2018 version of its annual Open Doors report, with loads of data and infographs on both international students in the US and study abroad of American students. Zooming in on the second, the data show that although the proportion of minority students abroad is growing (from 18% in 2006/07 to 29% in 2016/17) the vast majority of students is still white.

More than half of them (54%) go to Europe, and Latin America (16%) and Asia (12%) following at a huge distance. Only 2% go for a full year while two out of three go for eight weeks or less (often in the Summer). Within Europe, the UK (12%), Italy (9%) and Spain (9%) are by far the most popular. China now hosts a similar number to France, Germany and Ireland. The intense efforts of IIE in Generation Study Abroad to increase the numbers seems to yield some result: they show a 2% increase of American students abroad since 2015/16.

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