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University of Iowa News Release


Dec. 6, 2006

UI International Student, Study Abroad Numbers Announced

International education at the University of Iowa continues to be a priority, as the number of University of Iowa students studying abroad continues to increase.

UI study abroad participation rose by 2.3 percent in 2005-2006. At the UI, 1,103 students studied abroad, including 727 undergraduates (an increase of 2.7 percent) and 376 graduate and professional students (an increase of 1.6 percent).

"The understanding of the value of international experience continues to grow. More and more students have become aware of the need to know more than one language, of the need to understand other countries and other cultures," said Janis Perkins, director of UI Office for Study Abroad.

UI undergraduates studied abroad in 51 different countries and graduate and professional students studied in 64 different countries in 2005-06. The top five destinations for UI students in 2005-06 were the United Kingdom (120), Spain (107), France (106), Italy (100) and China (82). The top five host destinations for American students in 2004-2005, the most recent year for which data are available, were the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France and Australia.

The 2005-2006 UI Study Abroad statistics can be found at

International student enrollment at the UI fell by 4.4 percent in fall 2006 to 2,189 - 96 students fewer than in fall 2005 - with 380 undergraduate students, 1,624 graduate and professional students, and 185 in post-graduation training period. The Institute of International Education (IIE) will release the national comparisons for fall 2006 figures in November 2007 in the Open Doors report.

"While there has been a decrease in overall international student enrollment this year, the university is committed to growth in this important component of our community," said Scott King, director of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). "The provost has formed a broad-based committee that has been given the charge of identifying strategies to recruit excellent international students, and our strategic goal of increasing the population to 9 percent of overall enrollment remains a focus of International Programs."

International students contribute more than $13 billion to the U.S. economy in money spent on tuition, living expenses and related costs, according to the NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In 2005-2006, the state of Iowa received more than $164 million from international students, with UI students contributing nearly $47.6 million. Nearly 65 percent of all international students reported their primary source of funding coming from personal and family sources or other sources outside the United States.

At the UI, the five countries with the largest enrollment in fall 2006 are: China, 537 this fall, down from 591 in fall 2005; India, 329, up from 325; Korea, 287, down from 305; Taiwan, 114, down from 118; and Japan, 86, down from 87. Nationally, India was the leading country of origin for the fifth consecutive year in fall 2005, followed by China, Korea, Japan and Canada, the only non-Asian country in the top five, according to the 2006 Open Doors report.

The Fall 2006 UI Profile of International Students and Scholars can be found at by clicking on Statistical Report of International Students at the University of Iowa-Fall 2006.

The Open Doors report is an annual report on international education exchange compiled by the Institute for International Education, the world's leading research and membership association on international education.

For more information on international students and scholars, contact Scott King at (319) 335-0355. For more information about study abroad, contact Janis Perkins at (319) 335-0353. Information on the Open Doors report can be found at

The Office for Study Abroad and OISS are a part of International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; International Students: Scott King, 319-335-0355; Study Abroad: Janis Perkins, 319-335-0353; Writer: Kelli Andresen