As students from across the globe look for a study abroad experience, more and more are choosing the United States. A recent report by the Institute of International Education shows a record number of students from all over the globe arriving in the U.S. to study.
Led by a spike in undergraduates from China and Saudi Arabia, the number of international students at colleges and universities in the U.S. jumped 6 percent in the 2011-12 academic year, reaching a record high of 764,495, according to the annual Open Doors report. French students account for about 1 percent of that figure, as 8,232 studied in the U.S. — a 1.7 percent increase from the previous year. More details in the report.
France is the 15th-highest place of origin for international students studying in the U.S. Interestingly enough, at CELSA, the U.S. is the number one destination for study abroad right in front of Australia. 17 CELSA students (11 percent of the cohort) studied at American universities and insitutes in the U.S. last year and 13 students (9 percent of the cohort) are projected to set sail for the States this year.
The number of U.S. students studying abroad increased, but more slow 1 percent. According to the IIE, France is the fourth most popular destination for American students studying abroad, as around 17,000 American university students study in France each year. Of those 17,000 francophiles, CELSA has welcomed three American students over the past two academic years.
Anne-Marie Duprez, in charge of student mobility, Brian J. Bowe, Graduate Fellow, and Julie Escurignan, graduate student, contributed to this article.