In celebration of International Education Week (IEW), a joint U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education initiative, November 18-22, 2019, U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce that the number of students from Bangladesh studying in the United States increased to 8,249 during the most recentacademic year (2018/2019), according to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. This is an all-time high for Bangladesh, reflecting a 10% increase over the 2018 report and more than tripling since 2009.
Bangladesh is among the fastest growing countries of origin for international students in the United States.It now ranks 20th in the world for countries sending students to the United States for higher education, and the only country in the top 25 list to have a double-digit increase since the 2018 report. Bangladesh’s increase is the highest in the South Asian region.Out of total 8,249 Bangaldshi students studying in the United States, 5,278 study at the graduate level; a 13.5% increase over 2017/2018 academic year.
Nearly 75% of Bangladeshi students currently on U.S. campuses study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)fields. Of them, over 40 percent (40.4%) study Engineering, nearly 18 percent (17.7%) Math/Computer Science, and over 15 percent (15.3%) Physical or Life Sciences. Nearly eight percent (7.8%) study Business/Management.
For the past four years, U.S. colleges and universities have hosted more than one million international students, reaching a record high of 1,095,299this school year. This also marks the 13thconsecutive year of continued expansion of the total number of international students in the U.S. higher education system.
Promoting educational exchanges between Bangladesh and the United States is a strategic priority for U.S. Embassy Dhaka. International education exchanges benefit both our nations and peoples, boosting intellectual and cross-cultural capital as well as business and professional networks, and helping prepare studentsto enter the global job markets and solve the world’s toughest challenges.
The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, through EducationUSA Bangladesh, is celebrating International Education Week (IEW) by offering different programs and events in all its centers. For more information about upcoming programs visit: https://www.facebook.com/EdUSABangladesh. A highlight of the week’s activities will be the 7th annual EducationUSA International Students Day virtual college fair, organized in partnership with CollegeWeekLive, on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. –3:00 a.m., November 21, 2019BangladeshStandard Time. CollegeWeekLive is an interactive website for online college fairs and admissions events. Students will have the opportunity to chat live with representatives from over 80 U.S. colleges and universities, as well as EducationUSA advisers, and can watch presentations from education experts on topics such as choosing a college, standardized testing, writing a standout college essay, and more. This is a cost-free way for international students to learn about higher education opportunities in the United States.Students can join this Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/769510793492468/.
EducationUSA is the official office of the U.S. Department of State for information about studying in the USA and it has a global network of over 400 advising centers. In Bangladesh, EducationUSA’s mission is to facilitate free access to information about study opportunities in the USA. Advising services and reference materials are available at locations across the country, including at the American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka, the Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts located in Dhanmondi, and the American Corner in Chittagong, where trained advisers lead group information sessions and provide individual counseling services for students and parents at no-cost. EducationUSA reference libraries and remote advising are accessible at American Corners in Sylhet, Khulna, and Rajshahi.For more information about EducationUSA in Bangladesh visit: https://www.facebook.com/EdUSABangladesh.
Open Doors is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutes in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities. Open Doors also reports on the number of international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs.Its annual report was released today, Monday, November 18, 2019in Washington, D.C., and a briefing about the report will be livestreamedfrom 7:30 p.m. – 9:00p.m. (Bangladesh time)viahttp://www.iie.org.Further information on the Open Doors 2019 report will be posted at https://www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Insights/Open-Doors.