The 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data was released by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on November 18, 2019. The report shows the number of Nepali students studying in the United States remained strong and the U.S. is still a preferred choice for Nepali students who plan to study abroad. Nepal ranks 12th in both undergraduate and graduate students in the U.S., totaling 13,229. The total number of Nepali students decreased marginally over the prior year, but the number of undergraduate students and students pursuing optional practical trainings increased. According to the report, a total of 1.09 million international students enrolled in the United States in the 2018/19 academic year – an all‐time high.
“We are happy to see the continued growth in the number of international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “Promoting international student mobility remains a top priority for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and we want even more students in the future to see the United States as the best destination to earn their degrees. International exchange makes our colleges and universities more dynamic for all students and an education at a U.S. institution can have a transformative effect for international students, just like study abroad experiences can for U.S. students.”
The Open Doors Report also marks the celebration of International Education Week (IEW). From November 18- 22 IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education designed to attract future leaders to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. In support of IEW 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Nepal, with its partner organizations, The United States Educational Foundation Nepal, Kathmandu University, and the American Center will host a series of events. Featured events include: ‘Get Inspired’ programs, a Higher Education Administrator Workshop, a Nepali alumni of U.S. universities presentation, a student visa presentation, a webinar, and an online college fair. An education mela will conclude the week of activities promoting U.S. higher education and exchange opportunities for Nepali students.