In one of my posts about a year ago, China and U.S. study abroad programs (Pinyin News, Nov. 23, 2008), I noted that China had become the fifth most popular destination for U.S. students in study abroad programs.
More recent data show that the China has remained in fifth place. In fact, the order in the top ten list has not changed, though the figures for each of the countries have increased.
Growth for China as a destination, however, remained strong, at 19.0 percent, while study abroad as a whole increased 8.5 percent. Top growth, however, belonged to India, followed by Austria, then China, and Ireland. If China continues to grow at such rates as a destination, it could knock France out of fourth place in a few years, which would be a dramatic development.
China now accounts for 5 percent of U.S. study abroad, which has helped Asia’s overall growth as a destination region.
Some predictions for the next installment:
- Economic woes are probably going to reduce the rate of study abroad, though that may benefit China, relatively speaking, as students opt for it over more expensive destinations like the U.K. and France.
- Terrorism could affect India’s numbers, though I expect them to continue to increase dramatically over the long term.
- And should China reevaluate its currency, that could slow its growth as a destination for U.S. students.
source: Open Doors Report 2009
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