The stats are from the 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, published annually by the Institute of International Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The report notes that the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by six percent to a record high of 764,495 in the 2011/12 academic year, driven by an increase in Chinese students.
At the same time, U.S. students studying abroad increased by one percent. Among the top 40 doctoral institutions, University of Georgia ranks 12th in the nation, sending 2,079 students abroad to study in 2010-2011. In that same category, the top five campuses for sending students abroad are New York University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Texas, Austin
Among the top 40 master’s institutions, Kennesaw State University ranks 8th, sending 734 students to study abroad. The top five schools in that category are Elon University, James Madison University, Appalachian State University, Villanova University and Arcadia University
There are no Georgia campuses on the next tier, top 40 baccalaureate institutions. The top five campuses on that list are Saint Olaf, Calvin College, Oberlin College, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University and Taylor University. (In searching for common factors, I did note one thing: Many of these schools are in places with cold winters, especially the baccalaureate top five, all of which are in the Midwest.)
According to the report:
In the 2010/11 academic year, 273,996 American students studied abroad for academic credit, an increase of one percent—an all-time high. U.S. students studying abroad increased in 17 of the top 25 destination countries. Five percent more students studied in China and 12 percent more students studied in India than in the prior year.
Open Doors 2012 reports that the United Kingdom remains the leading destination for American students, followed by Italy, Spain, France and China—which remained the fifth largest host destination for the fifth year. There were significant increases in the number of Americans studying in several “non-traditional” destinations outside Europe: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India, and South Korea.
More Americans also studied in some of the European destinations, with nine percent more studying in Italy, and smaller increases in study abroad to Austria, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom. Based on the steady increase in Open Doors numbers, American students have continually shown that they remain interested in getting international experience.
Among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., Georgia ranks 12th in international student attending its public and private campuses. There are 16,193 international students in Georgia.
Georgia Tech leads the list with 4, 973 international students, followed by Emory with 2,039, Georgia State University with 1,578, UGA with 1,510, and Savannah College of Art and Design with 1,392.
Those international students expend $462.9 million annually in the state, according to the fact sheet. (Most are paying full freight to go to school.)
Nearly a quarter of the foreign students in Georgia are from China (23.1 percent), followed by India (17.1 percent), South Korea (14.2 percent), Taiwan, (2.6 percent) and Saudi Arabia (2.2 percent).
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog