More Americans Study in Africa
The number of Americans opting to study in Africa has increased by 18 per cent, higher than Asia (17%) and Latin America (11%), according to the Open Doors 2009 report, published annually by the Institute of International Education, with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The favorite destination in Africa is South Africa, where the number of America ns electing to study has gone up by 15%. The figures are for the academic year 2007/2008, the most recent available.
Overall, the report shows, a record number of U.S. students are studying abroad, reflecting the value of an international academic experience as preparation to live and work in a global society.
The Open Doors 2009 survey shows that the number of Americans studying abroad increased by 8.5% to 262,416 in the 2007/08 academic year, an increase that builds on two decades of steady growth and represents four times as many U.S. students than in 1987/88.
“Today more than ever before, study abroad can help our students understand our interconnected world and participate productively in the global economy,” said Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith A. McHale, at a briefing Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC that launched the observance of International Education Week.
She added,” The State Department strongly supports study abroad through such programs as the Fulbright Program, which is sending its largest number ever of U.S. students abroad this year, and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, which in two years has doubled the number of U.S. undergraduates with financial need who will study abroad.”