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Open Doors Report

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION EXPLAINED

Each year the national Institute of International Education, with the support of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, publishes a statistical information guide on international education. Titled Open Doors: Report on international Educational Exchange, this comprehensive survey is the only one of its kind in the U.S., and offers insight into trends impacting the world of international education. Among this year’s facts are the following:

Academic year 2008/09 featured an all-time high of 671,616 international students at U.S. colleges and universities, an 8 percent increase from the previous year. In keeping with this trend, Nazareth College saw its international student numbers climb to 67 (matriculated and exchange) from last year’s 52. Although this was a gratifying increase, it did not reach the record-setting levels of 2006/07, when the College hosted 76 international students.

A total of 262,416 U.S. students studied abroad in 2007/08 (the most recent year for which records are available), an increase of 8.5 percent over the previous year. According to Open Doors, U.S. student participation in study abroad has more than tripled over the past two decades. Astoundingly, Nazareth's record far surpasses that. In 2004/05, the College sent 36 students abroad. By 2008/09, that number had more than quadrupled, to 163 (this number includes short term, residential, and exchange students). The breakdown by destinations/countries during 08-09 was as follows: Australia: 5, India: 1, Ireland: 18, France: 5, Germany: 16, Chile: 2, Italy: 67, Hungary: 6, Belize: 5, Spain: 11, Finland: 2, Japan: 1, UK: 22, and Israel: 3.

Open Doors reports that international students nationwide contributed 17.7 billion dollars to the U.S. economy in 2008/09. During the same period, Nazareth's financial contribution to the local economy through international (exchange only) students and their dependents was $1,959.000, according to the report Economic Impact Statement for N.Y., released by NAFSA, the association of international educators.

As the CIE continues to work toward strengthening international partnerships to benefit our students while providing opportunities for those from other countries, it is gratifying to see that both national trends and those at our own school are on the upswing.

All Nazareth College data taken from the 2008-2009 Center for International Education Annual Report, copyright 2009, Nazareth College. All national data taken from Bhandari, R., and Chow. P. (2009). Open Doors 2009: Report on International Educational Exchange. New York: Institute of International Education.

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