The US OPEN DOORS Annual Report: What Is It? And When Is It Releasing?
The annual Open Doors report on international student exchange for the academic year 2021-22 was released on November 14, 2022. This event took place simultaneously with the annual International Education Week 2022 (#IEW2022).
The United States is one of the top, if not the number one, destination for higher education. It is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, including MIT, Harvard, Stanford University, and Ivy League Schools.
Millions of students from across the world travel to the "land of dreams" to pursue their preferred careers because of the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States and the incredible opportunities for growth there.
A definitive and comprehensive data on the migration of international students is crucial for the US government and educational institutions to make informed decisions on academic programs and additional policies.
The Open Doors survey is definitive data on the number of international students enrolled at various educational institutions in the US. The authoritative annual survey, funded by the US Department of State and conducted by the Institute of International Education (IIE), is a comprehensive study of international students and scholars studying in the United States as well as American students taking courses overseas to earn credits for their home universities and institutions.
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The data made available through the survey is used by U.S. embassies, the Departments of State, Commerce, and Education, as well as other federal, state, and local organizations to aid and guide national policies on educational exchanges, commerce in educational services, and overseas study initiatives.
This analytical figure is also used by foreign governments and American universities to assess and track changes in student migration.
Through the survey, International student statistics, U.S. study abroad numbers, international scholar count, and IEP enrollment tallies are calculated. Student counts for other variables, such as field of study, location of origin, and so forth, are also obtained through the data.
The Open Doors survey of 2022 revealed that during the academic year of 2021-22, 948,519 international students from more than 200 countries studied at various institutions and universities in the US.
The majority of the students were from China and India (a combined 52%), followed by South Korea, Canada, and Vietnam (4.3%, 2.8%, and 2.2% respectively).
The data reveals that the number of international students hosted by the US in 2021-22 is 4% higher than the number of international students enrolled in US higher educational institutions in the academic year of 2020-21.
Once again, STEM has emerged as the most popular choice. More than half of all international students studying in the US are enrolled in programs in math, computer science, engineering, and business and management.
Following the decline in the number of international students because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the US took several measures to devise a national policy on international education, with the aim to ensure that the country reaches its pre-pandemic prime of hosting more than 1 million international students.
However, the nation failed to achieve this milestone in the academic year 2021-22.
The survey data releases every year in November. For more information about the data release, key findings, and figures, visit the Open Doors website.