Vietnam Ranks 3rd in International Enrollment at US Community Colleges


According to the 2011 Open Doors report on international academic mobility, there were 89,853 international students enrolled at America’s community colleges, a 3.2% decrease over the previous year.  (This is out of a total of 723,277 international students in the U.S. during the 2010/11 academic year.)  

Of that number, 9.9%, or 8,895 students, were Vietnamese.  This means that nearly 60% of all Vietnamese students in the US were studying at a community college, nearly all with the goal of transferring to a four-year school to complete a bachelor’s degree.   This was the same percentage as the previous year.  The only difference is that China displaced Vietnam by .2%. 

Rank Place of Origin % of Enrollment

1

South Korea

13.4

2

China

10.1

3

Vietnam

9.9

4

Japan

5.9

5

Mexico

4.8

6

Hong Kong

3.6

7

Nepal

3.2

8

India

2.6

9

Indonesia

2.4

10

Brazil

2.1

In my opinion, this trend will continue for the foreseeable future, given the lower cost and other reasons that explain the popularity of US community colleges in Vietnam and other countries.

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