In 2014/15 a total of 313,415 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit showing an increase of 2.9% over the previous year. The top ten destinations for U.S. students studying abroad are: United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, China, Germany, Ireland, Costa Rica, Australia and Japan.
Greece had the highest rate of growth among leading destinations in 2014/2015 increasing by 18.3%. Other countries that saw large increases in U.S. students studying abroad include Austria (17%), Ireland (15.9%), Israel (15.3%), Czech Republic (14.6%), and Denmark (13.8%).
Students majoring in the STEM fields represent the largest proportion of students studying abroad (23.9%). Business and Social Sciences are the other popular major fields of study representing 20.1% and 17.3% of study abroad respectively.
Over the past ten years, the racial and ethnic diversity of students studying abroad has increased. While the majority of study abroad students in 2014/2015 were white (72.9%), the proportion who identified as racial and ethnic minorities has increased from 17% in 2004/2005 to 27.1% in 2014/2015.
This data has been compiled from Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange and Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors. The Open Doors project is conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Institute for International Education. Each year, the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange is published with an analysis of international and U.S. student and scholar flows based on a survey of accredited U.S. Higher Education Institutions. For more information visit the Open Doors website.