Full study abroad popular with U.S. students
The U.S. student loan market has been growing rapidly driven by widespread tuition
fee hikes at both public and private universities. This gives an
extra incentive to students who consider getting a degree abroad. A
new study by the Institute of International
Education (IIE) surveyed 13 countries indicating that
there are currently over 43,000 American citizens pursuing full
Master degrees are most popular (44%), followed by Bachelor
(39%) and doctoral programs (17%). The majority of U.S. students
chooses to study in the U.K. (16,185). Germany and France are next
in line representing 3,826 and 3,356 students respectively.
Language crucial factor
The authors of the report underline that language is a big
factor in this context. 72% of all Americans pursuing a full degree
abroad study in Anglophone countries. The other 28% mostly offer
English taught courses. Remarkable here is that the Netherlands has
a relatively market high share of 4% (over 1,700 students) which is
comparable to countries like China and New Zealand (also 4%).
Regarding study choice, it is apparent that most Americans are
opting for studies in humanities, social sciences or business.
According to the report data, 59% of all students specialized in
one of these subjects. STEM courses (sciences, technology,
engineering, mathematics), by contrast, accounted for 20%.