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1 Understanding the Study Abroad Market in the United States Poland International EducationConference 2008 Warsaw, Poland April 17, 2008 Daniel Obst Director, Membership and Higher Education Services Institute of International Education (IIE) dobst@iie.org

2 Americas largest not-for-profit organization in international education exchange and training Founded in 1919 in NYC 18 offices globally IIEs European headquarters in Budapest 450 staff worldwide www.iie.org What is IIE? Institute of International Education

3 Promoting closer educational relations between the people of the United States and those of other countries. Strengthening and linking institutions of higher learning globally. Rescuing threatened scholars and advancing academic freedom. Building leadership skills and enhancing the capacity of individuals and organizations to address local and global challenges. IIEs Mission Institute of International Education

4 Administers the Fulbright Fellowship Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with Fulbright Commissions More than 200 other programs Serves 18,000 students, teachers, scholars, and professionals in 175 countries annually What does IIE do? Institute of International Education

5 Runs the IIENetwork membership association: a global resource for nearly 900 member colleges and universities Provides resources for students and advisors on study abroad programs and funding Collects and disseminates data on international student mobility What does IIE do? Institute of International Education

6 IIE publishes student mobility data annually in Open Doors, with support from the U.S. Department of State –58 years of trend data on international students and scholars on U.S. campuses –over 25 years of data on U.S. students abroad 100 page book (www.iiebooks.org)www.iiebooks.org New data released each November Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange Institute of International Education

7 Open Doors data and background are online at: www.opendoors.iienetwork.orgwww.opendoors.iienetwork.org –Extensive analysis –Copies of news articles –Fact sheets for U.S. States and Host/Sending Countries Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange Institute of International Education

8 The Latest Trends in U.S. Study Abroad: Open Doors 2007 Institute of International Education

9 Who is counted? 2005/06 academic year U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled for a degree at an accredited U.S. higher education institution who received academic credit towards their degree for study abroad during the 2005/06 academic year (including summer 2006).

10 U.S. Participation in Study Abroad is Increasing 223,534 U.S. students received academic credit for study abroad in 2005/06, an 8.5% increase over the previous year.

11 Students Are Primarily Undergraduates

12 Short-term: Summer, January term, 8 weeks or less Mid-length: One, Two Quarters, One Semester Long-term: Academic Year, Calendar Year Duration of U.S. Study Abroad Short-term programs have seen the largest growth in the past decade. Mid-length programs also continue to rise. The number of students in long-term programs has remained constant over the past decade.

13 53% of U.S. study abroad students major in the social sciences, humanities, and business & management. Fields of Study

14 Destinations of U.S. Study Abroad Students Europe remains the leading host region for U.S. students studying abroad, with 58% of the total.

15 Study in Non-traditional Destinations is Growing Study abroad to all regions except North America increased in 2005/06.

16 Destinations of U.S. Study Abroad Students (cont.) 11 of the Top 20 destinations (highlighted in red) are outside Europe 19 of the Top 20 destinations showed an increase in 2005/06. Double-digit increases: Argentina, China, Greece, Ecuador, Brazil, Czech Rep., Costa Rica Ecuador is new to Top 20. Destination2004/052005/06% Change WORLD TOTAL205,983223,5348.5 1United Kingdom32,07132,1090.1 2Italy24,85826,0784.9 3Spain20,80621,8815.2 4France15,37415,6021.5 5Australia10,81310,9801.5 6Mexico9,24410,0228.4 7China6,3898,83038.2 8Germany6,5576,8584.6 9Costa Rica4,8875,51812.9 10Ireland5,0835,4998.2 11Japan4,1004,4117.6 12Greece2,4453,22732.0 13Argentina2,0132,86542.3 14Czech Republic2,4942,84614.1 15Austria2,7572,7921.3 16Chile2,3932,5787.7 17New Zealand2,6572,542-4.3 18South Africa2,3042,5129.0 19Brazil1,9942,32816.8 20Ecuador1,7112,17126.9

17 American Students Studying in Central Europe Central Europe includes Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Poland and Hungary

18 Study Abroad Trends for Selected Central European Destinations: 2000/01 – 2004/05 Institute of International Education

19 Country2004/052005/06% Change EUROPE100,825130,27429.2 United Kingdom32,07132,1090.1 Italy24,85826,0784.9 Spain20,80621,8815.2 France15,37415,6021.5 Germany... 6,557... 6,858... 4.6... Czech Republic2,4942,84614.1 Austria2,7572,7921.3 Netherlands1,7431,92310.3 Hungary64572011.6 Poland51162622.5 Slovakia1652225.0 Ukraine8917293.3 U.S. study abroad to destinations in Europe There were 626 U.S. students studying in Poland in 05/06 Poland is the 17th leading European destination as of 2005/06

20 Study Abroad Trends for Poland Number of U.S. Students Studying Abroad in Poland, 1996 to 2006

21 Number of Polish Students in the United States, 1996/97 to 2006/07 Polish Students in the United States

22 Country2005/062006/07% Change EUROPE84,69782,731-2.3 Germany8,8298,656-2.0 United Kingdom8,2748,4382.0 France6,6406,7041.0 Russia4,8014,751 Spain... 3,455... 3,575... 3.5... Italy3,2243,3423.7 Sweden3,2122,920-9.1 Poland3,0202,810-7.0 Czech Republic927914-1.4 Austria843 0 Hungary831735-11.6 Slovakia697592-15.1 European Students in the United States Overall, the number of European students in the U.S. dropped by 2.3% in the past year The number has declined by 13.5% since 2001/02

23 International Educational Exchange Balance There were 2.5 times more international students studying in the U.S. than U.S. students studying abroad in 2005/06. Europe and Oceania are the only regions for which the number of U.S. students studying abroad exceeds the number of international students in the U.S.

24 Study Abroad News & Issues Institute of International Education

25 1 Million Students? House of Representatives Passes Bill to Create National Study Abroad Program June 6, 2007 - WASHINGTON - In a historic move to support the international education of Americas college students, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1469, the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act. Study Abroad News & Issues Institute of International Education

26 Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act Ambitious mandate: to ensure that at least 1 million American college students will study abroad annually in 10 years time. Make participation in study abroad available to the widest possible spectrum of students Expand study abroad opportunities in less common destinations, especially in the developing world. Vision of the late Senator Paul Simon, who worked to raise awareness of the need to ensure that the next generation of Americans is prepared with global knowledge and skills. Bipartisan federal commission (Lincoln) subsequently recommended a national effort to dramatically increase study abroad by Americans. The Senate version of the bill, S.991, was introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) and has garnered over 40 cosponsors. Needs to go through appropriations and authorization Study Abroad News & Issues Institute of International Education

27 What campuses and others are doing: Goal: to make study abroad a part of all students education Working to increase diversity of study abroad population : Race/Ethnicity Socio-economic Field of Study Type of Institution Students with Disabilities Trying to remove barriers Study Abroad News & Issues Institute of International Education

28 What U.S. Government is doing: National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) Goal: to strengthen national security and prosperity in the 21st century through strategic language learning. A joint initiative of the Secretaries of Education, State, and Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence Dramatically increase the number of Americans learning critical need foreign languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Farsi Implemented through specific grants through the Fulbright, Gilman, NSEP and other programs Study Abroad News & Issues Institute of International Education

29 IIE Study Abroad Capacity Study: Research Activities and White Paper Series To assess capacity issues related to U.S. institutions ability to send students abroad, and other countries institutions ability to host them. To offer educators and policymakers focused data and information on current capabilities and future capacity, as well as recommendations for action to maximize resources and pave the way for substantial study abroad growth. First White Paper Published May 2007: Study Abroad News & Issues Institute of International Education

30 Expanding Capacity for U.S. Study Abroad IIE White Paper #1: Current Trends in Study Abroad: www.iienetwork.org/?p=StudyAbroadCapacity Forthcoming Papers: Exploring Host Country Capacity to Serve 1 Million American Study Abroad Students Expanding Education Abroad at Community Colleges Expanding Study Abroad Capacity at U.S. Colleges and Universities Institutional Linkages with China: Challenges and Opportunities

31 IIE Resources for Study Abroad: Reaching Advisers and Attracting U.S. Students Institute of International Education

32 Manage Scholarship and Exchange Programs: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Freeman Awards for Study Abroad in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) Gilman International Scholarship Program National Security Education Program Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program Global Engineering Education Exchange Program (Global E3) IIEs Role in Promoting Study Abroad Institute of International Education

33 U.S. graduate students in sciences and engineering gain international research experience in Central Europe Objectives: - to open minds of young scientists - to encourage thinking on global level - to build individual and institutional partnerships Duration: 8 weeks Administered by IIE on behalf of the National Science Foundation Central European Summer Research Institute (CESRI) Institute of International Education Central Europe includes Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia

34 The IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories are the premier study abroad resource for students, advisors, and program providers. Includes 7,500 programs all around the world. Print Directories: IIEPassport: Academic Year Abroad IIEPassport: Short Term Study Abroad Institute of International Education IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories

35 On the Web: www.iiepassport.orgwww.iiepassport.org Searchable by county, field of study or language Includes Advisor Center and Student Center with extensive resources and Student Guide Featured countries each month, city portals Students can register to receive electronic newsletter Promote your program for free. Contact editor@iiepassport.org Institute of International Education IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories

36 THANK YOU! Institute of International Education

37 IIEs Print Resources Available at IIEBooks.org: Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange Funding for United States Study 2007-2008: A Guide for International Students and Professionals IIEPassport: Academic Year Abroad IIEPassport: Short-Term Study Abroad IntensiveEnglishUSA: Language Programs in the U.S. IIENetwork Membership Directory of International Educators By Subscription: IIENetworker Magazine: The International Education Magazine

38 Resources for Study Abroad and International Education IIEs Online Resources www.iie.orgIIE Online www.iiepassport.orgDirectory of Study Abroad Programs www.StudyAbroadFunding.orgFunding for U.S. Study Abroad www.iienetwork.orgResources for International Educators www.opendoors.iienetwork.orgAcademic Mobility Data to and from the U.S. www.atlas.iienetwork.orgAtlas of Student Mobility Globally www.iiebooks.orgIIEs Online bookstore www.fulbrightonline.orgFulbright Program Website www.iie.org/gilmanGilman International Scholarship Program Website www.iie.org/nsepNSEP Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Website


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