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Recruiting MENA Students: Open Doors Trends

Shannon Harrison
Higher Education Services Institute of International Education
EducationUSA MENA Conference Doha, Qatar April 15, 2011

What is Open Doors?  Annual survey of international exchange activity in the U.S. .outbound U.other topics of interest Print report & online tables: http://www. study abroad .NAFSA economic impact analysis . country fact sheets .S.international students in the U. State Department support since 1972) Only publicly available source of detailed data on: .iie.Community College Data Resource   .org/opendoors .S.State sheets. since 1948 (with U.S.

S. personal characteristics. field of study. place of origin.S.International Students in the U.  Annual survey of 3. on temporary visas at the postsecondary level Locator report data is also drawn from this survey     . academic level.000 accredited higher education institutions who report on the international students enrolled at their institutions Topics covered: total enrollment. funding Timeframe: data for the 2009/10 academic year is reported in Open Doors 2010 Definition: non-immigrant international students in the U.

Total Enrollment. increased 3% in 2009/10 to a record high of 690.000 500. 700. 2009/10 International student enrollment in the U.000 400.000 300.923 international students.000 0 64/65 99/00 54/55 59/60 69/70 74/75 84/85 79/80 94/95 04/05 89/90 09/10 .000 200.S.000 600.000 100.

Top Places of Origin Worldwide. 2009/10 Saudi Arabia is the top place of origin in the Middle East & North Africa & is ranked 7th overall .

Palestinian Territories. Saudi Arabia. Iran. Lebanon. Oman. Qatar. Israel. Iraq. Morocco. Tunisia . Kuwait. United Arab Emirates. Syria.The MENA Region in Open Doors Middle East: Bahrain. Libya. Egypt. Jordan. Yemen North Africa: Algeria.

000 25.000 10.000 5.000 20.000 0 99/00 04/05 01/02 02/03 08/09 00/01 05/06 07/08 03/04 06/07 09/10 Middle East North Africa .International Students from MENA: Trends 35.000 30.000 15.

000 Israel 2.778 0 99/00 08/09 02/03 00/01 05/06 01/02 03/04 07/08 06/07 04/05 09/10 .731 4.000 8.000 Saudi Arabia 15.Top MENA Places of Origin: Trends 16.810 12.000 Iran 4.

2009/10 Middle East North Africa Undergraduate 45% Graduate 36% Undergraduate 32% Graduate 49% Non-degree 15% OPT 4% OPT 5% Non-degree 14% .Academic Level of MENA Students.

2009/10 Field of Study Business and Management Engineering Physical and Life Sciences Math and Computer Science Social Sciences Fine and Applied Arts Health Professions Intensive English Education Humanities Undeclared Other TOTAL* Overall 21.2% 4.7% 5.8% 2.0% Saudi Arabia 22.8% 8.6% 100.6% 2.8% 100.0% .3% 2.Fields of Study.9% 8.6% 2.4% 8.2% 21.8% 5.1% 24.6% 2.2% 4.0% 0.7% 12.1% 9.4% 2.1% 18.6% 3.5% 1.0% 4.

campuses (study abroad during the 2008/09 academic year. citizens and permanent residents who received academic credit at their home institution for study abroad Respondents: Accredited U.S.The U.S. Study Abroad Survey  Who is counted? U.S. with credit awarded upon return to campus in 2009/10)   .S. higher education institutions awarding credit for study abroad Annual survey of study abroad activity at U. including summer 2009.

2008/09 260.000 0 89/90 91/92 93/94 94/95 95/96 96/97 97/98 98/99 99/00 00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09 .S.8% over the previous year.U.327 U. Study Abroad. 300.000 100.000 200. a slight decline of 0.S. students received academic credit for study abroad in 2008/09.

4% Middle East 1.0% Oceania 5.3% . Study Abroad: Regions. 2008/09   Europe hosts the largest percentage of students Largest growth to Africa (up 16%) and the Middle East (up 9%) Latin America 15.4% Africa 5.U.4% Europe 54.5% Multiple 6.S.4% Asia 11.

S. Study Abroad: Destinations. 2008/09 Egypt is the top study abroad destination in North Africa Israel is the top destination in the Middle East .U.

S. All others: Jordan: 404 483 Israel: 1.958 students Morocco: 865 UAE: 955 Egypt: 1. 2008/09 94% of U. students studying abroad in the Middle East and North Africa go to one of the top 5 destinations.781 .Top Study Abroad Destinations: MENA.

781 1.000 3.000 2.Top MENA Study Abroad Destinations: Trends 4.000 Israel 1.000 United Arab Emirates 955 0 03/04 05/06 04/05 06/07 07/08 08/09 00/01 98/99 99/00 01/02 02/03 .958 Egypt 1.

S.000 MENA Students in the U.000 10.446 students 03/04 04/05 06/07 08/09 00/01 07/08 99/00 02/03 05/06 09/10 01/02 0 .000 20.US-MENA Exchange Balance: Trends 40. in 2009/10: 38.000 U.738 30.S. Study Abroad to MENA in 2008/09: 6.

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