According to the New York Times, a new study released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has found that over the past ten years the United States’ share of international students has dropped from 26% to 18.7%. These numbers are somewhat deceiving, however, as the overall number of international students studying in the U.S. increased from 1.8 million to 2.6 million between 2000 and 2008. Simply, such numbers have been increasing the world over, and other destinations for study have been outpacing this growth in the U.S.
The Times notes that “Britain, Germany and France, the second, third and fourth most popular countries for study abroad, have also experienced declines in popularity, but none as steep as the United States.” Perhaps to due to the recent easing of student visa restrictions in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, these three countries have increased their overall number and share of international students worldwide.
Despite these changes, the U.S. is still the number one destination for students traveling from Japan and Korea, among others.