Trends in U.S. Study Abroad

 

In the 2011-2012 academic year, only 283,332 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit. The number of students studying abroad still represents about 1% of all U.S. students enrolled at institutions of higher education in the United States. The charts below show the current profile of U.S. study abroad participation.

Study Abroad Participation by State

Percent of U.S. Study Abroad Students by Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity U.S. Postsecondary Enrollment 2011-2012 U.S. Students Abroad 2011-2012
African American or Black 14.6% 5.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6.1% 7.7%
Caucasian 59.0% 76.4%
Hispanic/Latino American 13.8% 7.6%
Multiracial 2.1% 2.5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.9% 0.5%
Nonresident Alien 3.5% Not Available


Percent of U.S. Study Abroad Students by Host Region

Host Region U.S. Students Abroad 2011-2012
Africa 4.5%
Asia 12.4%
Europe 53.3%
Latin America 15.8%
Middle East 2.5%
North America 0.6%
Oceania 4.5%
Multiple Regions 6.4%


Percent of U.S. Study Abroad Students by Field of Study

Academic Field of Study U.S. Postsecondary Enrollment 2007-2008 U.S. Students Abroad 2007-2008
Vocational/Technical 2.1% n/a
Business & Management 16.4% 20.2%
Education 8.4% 4.1%
Engineering, Math or Computer Science 8.9% 4.7%
Health Sciences 13.9% 4.5%
Humanities 14.0% 27.9%
Law 0.7% n/a
Other 10.2% 5.4%
Physical & Life Sciences 6.0% 8.4%
Social Science 6.5% 21.5%
Undeclared 13.0% 3.3%


The information in the charts above is based on the most current data from the Institute of International Education's Open Doors Report and the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.