American Students Studying Abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa

As we reported last week, according to the latest Open Doors report from the Institute on International Education, the number of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities increased from 948,519 to 1,057,188, an increase of 11.5 percent. There were more than 50,000 students from sub-Saharan African nations at U.S. colleges and universities during the 2022-23 academic year. This was a whopping increase of more than 18 percent.

What about U.S. students studying abroad in sub-Saharan African nations? In the 2021-22 academic year, there were 188,753 U.S. students who studies abroad, a small fraction of the number of foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities.

There were 4,614 American students who studied at universities in sub-Saharan Africa. This is about one tenth of the number of students from sub-Saharan Africa studying at U.S. universities.

Nearly one third of U.S. students studying abroad in sub-Saharan Africa attended universities in South Africa. Kenya hosted 737 U.S. students and 697 U.S. students studied in Ghana.

The only other sub-Saharan African nations hosting more than 100 American students were Senegal, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda.



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