HANOI, November 14, 2018 – The number of Vietnamese students in the United States has increased consistently for 17 straight years, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) annual “Open Doors” Report. The report for the 2017-2018 academic year (AY) shows that Vietnam remains the sixth leading country of origin for all international students in the United States, with 24,325 students, up 1,887 students since last AY 2016-17, an 8.4 percent increase. The data shows that 1,094,792 international students came to the United States in the 2017-2018 AY, a 1.5 percent increase over last year. International students now make up 5.5 percent of all higher education students in the United States, up slightly from 5.3 percent last year. Vietnamese students contribute $881,000,000 to the U.S. economy.
Of the 24,325 Vietnamese students in the United States, 69.6 percent were undergraduates, 15.2 percent were graduate level students, 8.6 percent enrolled in Optional Practical Training (OPT), and the remaining 6.6 percent were pursuing non-degree programs.
Engineering, Business and Management, and Math and Computer Science remain the top selected fields of study by international students in AY2017-18. Math and Computer Science were the fastest growing fields of study with an increase of 11.3 percent from AY 2016-17, followed by Legal Studies and Law Enforcement with an increase of 10.4 percent from AY 2016-17. The top 10 states for international students include California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.
The data also revealed that Vietnam is becoming a more popular destination for American students. In AY2016-17, Vietnam welcomed 1,147 students from the United States, an increase of 13.3 percent. Open Doors report is released annually during the International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.
The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi is celebrating IEW 2018 with an open house and various information sessions in Hanoi, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri provinces to promote study in the United States, provide information on student visas and U.S. government scholarship opportunities, reaching approximately 400 students and teachers in person, and around 1,200 online.
The U.S Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City is marking IEW 2018 with a series of activities in Hue and at the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City. The “American Roadtrip” at Hue University and Quoc Hoc High School is helping to advise students on U.S. exchange programs, study in the United States, student visas, and soft-skill development. At the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City, an information session on November 15 at 2:00 pm will equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed on standardized tests required for university entrance. A panel discussion with senior international banking executives on November 16 at 2:00 pm will help parents navigate the financial aspects of supporting their children’s overseas education.