February 14, 2014
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112-page book includes detailed analysis of data not available online

The print edition of Open Doors 2013: Report on International Educational Exchange, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is now available for purchase. The new Open Doors book provides a comprehensive statistical analysis of academic mobility between the United States and the nations of the world, as well as a discussion of global and regional academic mobility trends. The print edition includes new narrative analysis and commentary that go far beyond the data tables that appear on the Open Doors website and the statistical highlights that were previously released during International Education Week last November. 

The new material included in the print edition includes sections on the more than 122,000 international scholars who taught or conducted research at U.S. universities and on the nearly 111,000 international students who were in the United States for Intensive English Programs, as well as further detailed analysis on the nearly 820,000 international students in the United States and on the more than 280,000 U.S. students who sojourn abroad as part of their academic experience. The book features graphic displays of data maps, tables, and figures as well as to-the-point policy-oriented analysis.

Open Doors 2013 print edition $69.95 

Comprehensive Open Doors research package $195.00


Among the featured sections in the print edition of Open Doors are: 
  • Global Student Mobility: New Vectors, Future Directions. In 2011, there were at least 4.3 million students pursuing higher education outside of their own country, a twofold increase over the last decade, and the number of globally mobile students is projected by the OECD to double to reach 8 million by 2025. In fact it may be even higher as more students partake in a wide array of educational experiences abroad. This section looks at the push and pull economic and political factors in home and host countries that affect these trends, and at the effects of large-scale national programs to send a country’s students to study abroad and to bring international talent to their universities.

  • Regional Trends: a special four-page section discussing patterns and changes for students coming into and going out of the United States for each world region. Continuing a five-year trend of strong annual growth, Asian students represent 64 percent of international students in the United States in 2012/13. Eleven percent came from Europe, although the numbers from Europe are relatively flat, while 9 percent are now coming from the Middle East and North Africa due to strong growth in the number of students from this region. This section also looks at U.S. students going to study in each of the world regions.

  • Education Abroad: an expanded section with new data and narrative on different types of educational experiences abroad. More than 20,000 students took part in work, internships, and volunteer experiences for academic credit, while an additional 11,800 students engaged in these activities not for academic credit. Open Doors has started working with U.S. colleges to collect data on the growing phenomenon of non-credit education abroad. The special section also includes a discussion of how the participation rate of U.S. students studying abroad and the duration of their programs vary by type of institution.

  • Diversity of U.S. students abroad. While the majority of U.S. students abroad continues to be white students (76 percent in 2011/12), this proportion has gradually declined as the number of minority students has seen strong growth. However, analysis shows that the number of Black and Hispanic students who study abroad remains disproportionately small compared to their enrollment in U.S. higher education. 

  • U.S. students in full degree programs at higher education institutions abroad. For the third year, IIE worked with Project Atlas partners – a network of research organizations around the world – to collect data on U.S. students pursuing full degrees abroad at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in 11 of the leading host countries. The UK hosted the highest number of American students seeking full degrees abroad (over 17,000); while Canada hosted more than 9,000, and France, Germany, China, Australia, Netherlands and Spain each hosted between 1,000 and 5,000 students, and Japan and Sweden both reported hosting several hundred full-degree students.

  • English Language learning: a report on nearly 111,000 students coming to the United States for Intensive English Programs. IEP data in this section come from a survey of enrollments at a total of 274 responding private language schools and intensive English programs at colleges and universities. These students studied in the United States for an average of 14 weeks per student, for a total of more than a million and a half student-weeks. 

  • International Scholars: an overview and new data on the more than 122,000 scholars who taught or conducted research on U.S. campuses in 2012/13, from 192 places of origin. The majority of scholars (79 percent) were conducting research at U.S. universities, while nearly 8 percent were primarily teaching and 6 percent were engaged in both research and teaching, and the remainder engaged in other academic activities. More than 28 percent, or 34,230 scholars, were from China. There was substantial growth in the number of scholars from Brazil (up 24 percent to 3,264 scholars), Mexico (up 10 percent to 1,532), and Iran (up 28 percent to 1,351).

  • More data and detailed discussion of the Open Doors information on international students. This includes commentary on the places of origin, sources of financial support, fields of study, host institutions, academic level, and rates of growth of the international student population in the United States, as well as on the economic impact of international students to the host state and national economies. 
The Open Doors 2013 print edition can be ordered for $69.95. IIE is also selling a special comprehensive Open Doors research package, consisting of searchable PDF copies of the Open Doors books from 1948-2008 on CD-ROM, plus hard copies of the print editions of the five most recent Open Doors books (2009-2012), for $195.
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