Nigeria Has More Int'l Students Studying In the US Than Any Other African Country (Good or Bad Report?)

The 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange reveals there were 10,674 Nigerians studying in the United States during the 2015-16 academic year, making Nigeria the leading source of African students and ranked 14th worldwide as a source of international students in the United States.  This figure marks the highest number of Nigerians studying in the United States since 1986-87.

Students from Nigeria study primarily at the undergraduate level: 50.8% undergraduate; 35.6% graduate; 11.5 % Optional Practical Training; and 2% non-degree programs or short-term studies. Interestingly, the top five institutions that have received the most Nigerian students are all located in the state of Texas: Houston Community College, the University of  Houston, the University of North Texas, Texas Southern University, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Other African countries with over 1,000 students in the U.S. during this period include Ghana with 3,049, Kenya with 3,019, and South Africa with 1,813.

The Open Doors report is published annually by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

[Source: US Embassy]