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University of Iowa News Release


Nov. 12, 2007

Photo: UI study abroad students in Milan, Italy

UI announces study abroad, international student statistics

The number of University of Iowa students studying abroad continued to rise in 2006-2007, according to figures from the UI Office for Study Abroad (OfSA), released in conjunction with the 2007 Institute for International Education (IIE) Open Doors Report.

The total number of students studying abroad increased 4.9 percent from the previous year. The 1,157 students who studied abroad included 801 undergraduates (or 3.9 percent of the total UI undergraduate population) and a 10.2 percent increase from 2005-06. The total number also included 356 graduate and professional students, a decrease of 5.3 percent.

"We are doing a good job of getting the word out about study abroad opportunities and helping, through advising and scholarship support, to make study abroad a reality for many students," said Diana Davies, director of International Programs. "We need to continue, though, to reach out to underrepresented students, to make study abroad a possibility for all UI students, regardless of background, financial situation or major."

UI undergraduates studied abroad in 55 countries in 2006-07, with the top five destinations of Spain (129), the United Kingdom (118), Italy (88), Germany (46) and Australia (41). Graduate and professional students studied in 59 countries. The top five host destinations for American students in 2005-2006, the most recent year for which data are available, were the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France and Australia. In comparison, 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 IIE will release the national study abroad comparisons for 2006-2007 in the November 2008 Open Doors report. The 2006-2007 UI Study Abroad statistics can be found at

International student enrollment at the UI fell by 1.6 percent in fall 2007 to 2,153 -- 36 students fewer than in fall 2006 -- with 404 undergraduates, 1,564 graduate and professional students and 191 students in the post-graduation training period. IIE will release the national comparisons for fall 2007 international student figures in its November 2008 Open Doors report.

"There is a concern at the University of Iowa with the declining numbers, what it means to the university and the need to internationalize everyone's experience," said Scott King, director of the UI Office of International Students and Scholars. "The university is responding to the decline with recruiting initiatives that are being taken up by International Programs, the Office of Admissions and the English as a Second Language program. The response to recent recruiting trips to the Middle East and Southeast Asia shows that we just need to get the word out that we are here, we have excellent programs and we are committed to reversing the decline to reflect national trends."

International students contribute nearly $14.5 billion to the U.S. economy in money spent on tuition, living expenses and related costs, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In 2006-2007, the state of Iowa received more than $144 million from international students, with UI students contributing nearly $37.9 million. Nearly 61.5 percent of all international students reported their primary source of funding coming from personal and family sources or other sources outside the United States.

Among the 113 countries and territories where the UI international student population originates, the five with the largest enrollment in fall 2007 are: China, 537 this fall, the same as in fall 2006; South Korea, 321, up from 287; India, 319, down from 329; Taiwan, 117, up from 114; and Japan, 67, down from 86. This followed closely with national trends. The top five places of origin of international students studying in the United States in 2006-2007 were India, China, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

The fall 2007 UI Profile of International Students and Scholars can be found at

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

For more information on international students and scholars, contact King at 319-335-0335. For more information about study abroad, contact Janis Perkins at 319-335-0353. Information on the 2007 Open Doors report can be found at

The Office for Study Abroad and OISS are 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 UI Office of the Provost.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Scott King, Office of International Students and Scholars, 319-335-0335,; Janis Perkins, UI Office for Study Abroad, 319-335-0353,; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,; Writer: Lini Ge