U.S. and Greece Mark Significant Increase in Educational Exchange

The number of Greek students studying in the U.S. increased 3.3% during the 2017/18 academic year, while the number of U.S. students in Greece increased 21.1% during the 2016/17 academic year.

Greece moved up four places and is now ranked 17th globally for study abroad destinations for U.S. students, with 4,351 U.S. students studying in Greece for the 2016/17 academic year compared to 3,592 the previous year.

Of the 2,395 Greek students in the U.S. on educational exchanges during the 2017/18 academic year, compared with 2,318 the previous year, almost half (1,165) attended graduate programs, 742 students attended undergraduate programs, and the rest attended other, non-degree programs.

“International students studying alongside Americans are a tremendous asset to the United States,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, at the release of the 2018 IIE Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange on November 13, 2018. “We need to develop leaders in all fields who can take on our toughest challenges. We need people who can find solutions that keep us secure and make us more prosperous. We want to send a message that international education makes us stronger as a country.”

About Open Doors

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 (ECA) since 1972. Open Doors also reports on the number of international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs. Further details on the Open Doors 2018 surveys and their findings are on the Open Doors website. The full 100+ page report will be available in early 2019 and can be ordered from IIE Books. For more data, infographics and resources visit http://iie.org/opendoors.

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