Vietnam’s undergraduate enrollment in US soars for 18th straight year

VOV.VN - The number of Vietnamese higher education students in the US increased over the past year, marking 18 consecutive years of growth, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) annual “Open Doors” Report.

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The report released November 18 for the 2018-19 academic year shows that Vietnam remains the sixth leading country of origin for all international higher education students in the US, with 24,392 students studying at US institutes of higher education, a 0,3 percent increase from the 2017-18 academic year. Vietnamese students contribute nearly US$1 billion to the US economy. 

Of the figure, 69.9 percent were undergraduates, 15.2 percent were graduate level students, 10.2 percent enrolled in Optional Practical Training (OPT), and the remaining 4.6 percent were pursuing non-degree programs. 

The data also revealed that Vietnam is becoming a more popular destination for American students. The number of American students studying abroad in Vietnam upped 7.1 percent, from 1,147 in the 2016-17 academic year to 1,228 in the 2017-18 academic year.

As many as 1,095,299 international students were studying at US higher education institutes during the 2018-19 academic year, a 0.05 percent increase over 2017-18, the report says.

The US remains the top host of international higher education students globally with 21 percent of the total, double the number of students as the next closest competitor.

Engineering, math and computer science, and business and management remain the top fields of study for international students studying at US higher education institutes in the 2018-19 academic year. 

Agriculture was the fastest growing field of study with an increase of 10.3 percent from the 2017-18 academic year, followed by math and computer science with an increase of 9.4 percent from 2017-18. The top 10 states for international higher education students include California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.

The Open Doors report is released annually during International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. 

The US Mission to Vietnam is celebrating IEW 2019 by holding training workshops for university and high school guidance counselors in Danang and Ho Chi Minh City, and information sessions in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to promote study in the US and provide information on US government scholarship opportunities.

Consul General Marie Damour also opened the American Hangout at An Giang University, the second in Vietnam after Can Tho, on November 18 to increase access for students in the Mekong Delta region to learn about the US, English-language learning materials, and EducationUSA services.

With a total of approximately 30,000 Vietnamese students pursuing studies at all levels in the US, the US Mission to Vietnam will continue to promote opportunities for Vietnamese students to study in the US through its EducationUSA services, American Centers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and American Hangouts in Can Tho and An Giang.