Studying Abroad is Most Popular at NYU, says IIE Report


NYU remains one of the top American universities in both attracting international students and in students who study abroad, according to a study released this fall by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

NYU remains one of the top American universities in both attracting international students and in students who study abroad, according to a study released this fall by the Institute of International Education (IIE). NYU was the top institution in students who study overseas, with 3,395 during the 2007-08 academic year -- up from 2,809 the previous year, when it was also the leading institution in sending students to study abroad. It is followed by Michigan State University (2,969), the University of Minnesota (2,521), the University of Texas, Austin (2,342), and UCLA (2,330).

In 2008-09, the IIE report found, NYU attracted the second-highest number of students from abroad (6,761), behind the University of Southern California (7,482) and ahead of Columbia University (6,685), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (6,570), and Purdue University (6,136).

The national results appear in Open Doors 2009, the annual report on international education published by IIE with funding from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Additional information may be obtained here. The report relies on data from 2007-08 academic year -- rather than the 2008-09 academic year -- in calculating U.S. students who study abroad because these numbers are reported only after students receive credit for their academic programstypically after they return from their study-abroad experience. By contrast, international students who come to the U.S. are tallied once they are enrolled at American colleges and universities, and these figures are available earlier.

India is the leading place of origin for international students in the United States, with 103,260 in 2008-09, followed by China (98,510), South Korea (75,065), Canada (29,697), Japan (29,264), Taiwan (28,065), Mexico (14,850), Turkey (13,263), Vietnam (12,823), and Saudi Arabia (12,661). International students contribute approximately $17.8 billion to the U.S. economy, through their expenditures on tuition and living expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Open Doors 2009 found the leading fields of study of Americans studying abroad are the social sciences (21.5 percent of those studying abroad), business and management (20 percent), humanities (13 percent), fine or applied arts (8 percent), physical/life sciences (7 percent), foreign languages (6 percent), health sciences (4.5 percent), education (4 percent), engineering (3 percent), math/computer science (2 percent), and agriculture (1 percent).

Since 2006, NYU has opened new study-abroad sites or established partnerships with institutions Shanghai, Singapore, and Tel Aviv and in August 2010 will open a new campus in Abu Dhabi.

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