According to the 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data released today by IIE and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the number of international students in the United States increased by three percent over the prior year. The total number of international students studying in the U.S. is for the second consecutive year more than one million students. The largest sending countries are China and India, with a total of 50% of all international students in the United States.
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.
United States third most popular choice for Norwegian students
Students from Norway declined with 4.1% from 2,391 in 2015-16 to 2,293 students in 2016-17. The largest decline of students is within the graduate level (master and PhD), with a decline of 21.8% from the previous years.
The United States remains the third most popular choice for Norwegian students doing a full-degree abroad, behind United Kingdom and Denmark, but fell to second place in 2016-17 as destination for exchange students, behind Australia. According to Lånekassen’s (Norwegian Educational State Loan Fund) report from September 2017, the number of Norwegian studying abroad is declining in general.
The number of Norwegian students studying in the United States has declined for the third year in a row, and the Open Doors Report survey among the higher education institutions has identified several factors such as higher costs associated with U.S. higher education, visa delays or denials, and an uncertain U.S. social and political climate. Norwegian students have also had challenges to currency adjustments making it increasingly more expensive to study abroad.
Overall number of Americans studying abroad is rising
The overall number of Americans studying abroad is rising. 583 American students chose Norway as their study abroad destination in 2016-17, down 7.6% from the year before. Sweden has 1,441 Americans students, and Denmark has 4,632.
Political support to increase numbers
Norway and the United States have had long standing partnerships in order to strengthen the academic ties, as well as research and science cooperation. Norway also joined Generation Study Abroad, an initiative by Institute of International Education (IIE) to increase the number of Americans studying abroad in partnership countries.
Interested in studying in the United States?
EducationUSA Norway is the official source of information about studying abroad, and you can book free advising sessions with the EducationUSA advisor at the Norway-America Association (NORAM) or with ANSA – Association of Norwegian Students Abroad. You can also contact the U.S. Embassy in Oslo’s education advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.