Dec 4, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

You know the benefits of studying abroad—immersing yourself in another culture, learning new language, sharing new experiences, improving your foreign language skills, and having the opportunity of a lifetime.

Another perk? Studying abroad makes you more attractive to prospective employers. It offers perspective and shows a willingness to function outside your comfort zone.

We know that the US is a desirable study abroad destination for international students, but what about US students? Where do they go?

According to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) newest Open Doors report, Europe is the top choice for US students.

According to the report, in the 2015-2016 school year, 39,140 US students studied in the UK. Why the UK? No language barrier and a bevy of outstanding universities. 

Italy and Spain are also popular destinations with 34,894 and 29,975 students respectively. Their relatively temperate climates combined with rich history, art, culture, and language make them both desirable and accessible.

France and Germany take the fourth and fifth spots with 17,214 and 11,900 students respectively.

In Asia, China and Japan make the top ten—the language barriers are tremendous issues, but the opportunities for stellar academic experiences outweigh the challenges for some students.

Learn more about studying in Europe.



Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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