The Institute of International Education reports that 270,604 students from the United States spent some portion of the 2009-10 academic year studying abroad. Of this group, 4.7 percent were African Americans.
While African Americans are underrepresented in study abroad program, the data shows that there has been improvement in recent years. In the 2005-06 academic year, African Americans made up 3.5 percent of all U.S. students who studied abroad. The percentage has increased every year since that time.