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Vietnam in top 10 countries with highest number of students studying in the U.S

Updated at Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017, 20:16
The Hanoitimes - According to the annual Open Doors report of the Institute of International Education (IIE), in 2016, Vietnamese students in the U.S have spent more than 800 million USD.
U.S is one of the favorite destination for Vietnamese students.
U.S is one of the favorite destination for Vietnamese students.
In 2016/17, for the second consecutive year, U.S. colleges and universities hosted more than one million international students, reaching a record high of 1.08 million. This also marks the eleventh consecutive year of continued expansion of the total number of international students in U.S. higher education.

While the overall number of international students studying in the United States has increased, the number of new international students—those enrolled at a U.S. institution for the first time in fall 2016, declined by nearly 10,000 students to about 291,000, a three percent decrease from the previous year. This is the first time that these numbers have declined in the twelve years since Open Doors has reported new enrollments.

As such, in the academic year 2016 – 2017, Vietnam is ranked 6th among countries with the highest number of students studying in the U.S, along with other countries such as China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil. Specifically, Vietnam has 22,438 students studying in the U.S, up 4.8% compared to the academic year 2015 – 2016. The number of Vietnamese students contributes to 2.1% of the total foreign students studying in the U.S. If Vietnam maintain this growth rate, it is expected the country will overcome Canada as the 5th countries with highest students studying in the US. Among 22,438 students, 68% went to universities, 15.6% went to higher education, 9% to optional practical training, and 7.4% pursued non-degree study. Also in 2016, Vietnamese students in the U.S have spent more than 800 million USD.
 
In the academic year 2016 – 2017, Vietnam is ranked 6th among countries with the highest number of students studying in the U.S
In the academic year 2016 – 2017, Vietnam is ranked 6th among countries with the highest number of students studying in the U.S
The report stated that International students benefit U.S. communities, colleges and universities, in many ways, including economically.  In 2016 international students brought $39 billion to the United States economy, through their spending on tuition, room and board and living expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Their roles on campus as teaching and research assistants support the faculty in many departments, especially in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and their diverse perspectives help enrich classroom learning for U.S. students. The top host states were California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Each of these states saw increases in international students in 2016/17.

Statistics also showed that Vietnam is becoming a familiar destination for American students. As in academic year 2016 – 2017, Vietnam has received 1,012 students from the U.S, up 9.8% compared to the same period of last year. Speaking at the APEC CEO Summit 2017 in Danang on November 10, the U.S President Donald Trump said Vietnamese students are one of the best in the world, and this is impressive. Education has always been an important part in the bilateral relation between Vietnam and the U.S, thus, there are always chances for Vietnamese students to go study in the U.S.  

Open Doors is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which has conducted an annual statistical survey on international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.
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