A degree earned through a U.S.-based institution of higher education continues to be a major draw for hundreds of thousands of foreign students… 764,495 in the 2011/12 academic year to be exact, according to the recently released 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange (IEE). That number, they say, is up 6% and establishes a new high. What is motivating this interest? Here, from the news item about the report:
The strong increase in international student enrollments shows the continued conviction of international students (and parents) that a U.S. degree is a sound investment in their future careers, a finding reinforced by results of recent IIE surveys of students overseas considering studying outside their own countries.
The report doesn’t reference or distinguish between online and on-campus learners. In fact, it seems very on-campus oriented. But intuitively, we at UMassOnline know there is strong foreign student interest in UMass’ online offerings. Student inquiries about online programs from UMass come from more than 170 countries annually.
You can access the full article about the 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange here at this link.