Vietnamese students remain sixth largest community in US colleges
  • | | November 20, 2020 11:21 AM
Vietnam remains the sixth leading country of origin for all international higher education students in the United States, according to a recent report by the Institute of International Education’s (IIE).

IIE's annual Open Doors Report released on November 16 showed that there were 23,777 Vietnamese students studying at US institutions of higher education in the academic year (AY) 2019-2020.

Of the 23,777 Vietnamese students enrolled in higher education in the United States, 69.8 percent were undergraduates, 15.3 percent were graduate-level students, 11.4 percent enrolled in Optional Practical Training (OPT), and the remaining 3.5 percent were pursuing non-degree courses.

The report also said that Vietnamese students contribute USD827 million to the US economy annually.

The US Mission to Vietnam is celebrating the International Education Week (IEW ) 2020 by holding virtual information sessions in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to promote studying in the United States and provide information about US student visas and US government-sponsored scholarship opportunities.

Released during the 25th Anniversary of US-Vietnam diplomatic relations, the Open Doors data is demonstrable proof that education is a cornerstone of the bilateral relationship. With a total of approximately 26,000 Vietnamese students pursuing studies at all levels in the United States, the US Mission to Vietnam will continue to promote opportunities for Vietnamese students to study in the United States through its Education USA services, American Centres in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and American Hangouts in Can Tho and An Giang.

The report also showed that international students continue to represent 5.5 percent of US higher education students with 1,075,496 students in the AY 2019-2020.

International students continue to demonstrate a strong interest in science, technology, engineering and maths fields. More than half (52 percent) of all international students pursued these subjects. Despite a 4.4 percent decline, engineering remains the most popular major for international students with one in every five pursuing studies in this field. The fields of math, computer science, and physical science continued to increase by 0.9 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively.

The top 10 states for international higher education students continue to be California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.

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