Top African country with the highest number of international students in the United States

Top African country with the highest number of international students in the United States

The top African country with the highest number of international students in the United States, as a whole for the continent there has been an increase over the last twenty years.

As of the 2015/16 school session, the total number of international students increased to over one million by 2015/16 and peaked at 1,095,299 in the 2018/19 school year.

According to a survey conducted by Spanish Studies Abroad, students from the African continent represented 4.5% of the total number in the 2019/2020 school year.

The most populous countries in Africa had the highest numbers by nationality, along with a certain tendency toward countries that were British colonies such as Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya.

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In the latest school year, among the Top 10 countries, 8 of them have shown growth compared to their numbers in 2010/11; only Kenya and Rwanda are exceptions. Nigeria’s growth in the number of students in the USA accounts for around half of the region’s growth over a 10-year period.

Below are the student numbers by nationality of all countries with more than 1000 students studying in the USA in 2019/2020

Country 2019/2020
Nigeria 13762
Ghana 4222
Egypt 3859
Kenya 3710
Ethiopia 2356
South Africa 2224
Morocco 1499
Rwanda 1444
Zimbabwe 1377
Ivory Coast 1257
Democratic Rep. of the Congo 1198
Cameroon 1027

The survey concludes that Africa has seen both a growth in its interest in US education as well as the USA’s willingness to issue student visas.

“When data are available for the 2020/21 school year, there will be a lower number for the first time in nine years due to travel restrictions and limited consular services. Nevertheless, the data indicate that there is a growing demand for US education on the African continent and so numbers will likely rebound in upcoming years post-COVID,” the survey stated

The number of African students in universities in the United States will experience a decrease following the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

 

Source: Victor Oluwole, BusinessInsider 

Author: Greg