Scholars From Sub-Saharan African Nations Teaching at U.S. Colleges and Universities

According to the latest Open Doors report from the Institute on International Education, in the 2021-22 academic year, there were 90,891 scholars from foreign nations teaching at colleges and universities in the United States. More than a third of these international scholars were from India or China.

There were 2,220 scholars from sub-Saharan African nations teaching at U.S. colleges and universities in the 2021-22 academic year. This was up nearly 50 percent from the prior year at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scholars from sub-Saharan African nations made up only 2.4 percent of all foreign scholars teaching in the United States that year.

There were 616 scholars from Nigeria teaching in the U.S. during the 2021-22 academic year. This was by far the highest total from any nation in sub-Saharan Africa. Ghana sent 266 scholars to teach in the U.S. that year. The only other sub-Saharan African nations that had more than 100 scholars teaching in the United States were Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa.

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