Study abroad is making a rebound! New data from the Open Doors 2023 Report on International Educational Exchange indicates that study abroad programs have recovered to half of pre-pandemic levels, with 188,753 students from the United States going abroad in the 2021/22 school year.
This report is the only long-standing, comprehensive information resource on international students and outbound study abroad students from the United States. At Study Abroad Association, we’ve witnessed a similar resurgence in demand for our Faculty-Led Programs. As demand from students rises, it’s increasingly important to work with a reputable and flexible study abroad provider to deal with any changes that may occur. As an organization dedicated to the mission of making global education accessible for all, we firmly believe the field of international education has long been a catalyst for cultural exchange, academic enrichment, and personal growth and applaud the news of the rebound.
The report identifies that pandemic-related disruptions are to blame for the previous decline in study abroad programs. Indeed, these events underscore the importance of working with a reputable and flexible study abroad partner. All of our programs are 100% customized from destination selection, academic area of study and itinerary development. Additionally, we offer support to find the best flights and provide 24/7 on-ground support.
The IIE Open Doors Report also unveiled data related to the top trends and destinations for study abroad. Europe was the most popular continent for international programs, hosting an impressive 73 percent of students. More than half of all study abroad students studied in one of four countries: Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and France.
Similarly, Study Abroad Association program data found that Italy, Costa Rica and Spain were the top destinations for Faculty-Led Programs over the same time period.
It is interesting to note that study abroad programs to Italy, the country home to many of our team members including Co-Founder Leonardo Gubinelli, continued to reign supreme as the top country of choice. Italy is a country that offers a unique blend of tradition and innovation, history and modernity. From the ancient ruins of Rome to the Renaissance art of Florence, or the picturesque canals of Venice, Italy is an unparalleled destination for academic exploration.
Meanwhile, Costa Rica study abroad programs continue to be very popular due to the country’s reputation for safety and biodiversity. The Central American nation is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, offering students a unique educational experience with access to diverse ecosystems: lush rainforests, pristine beaches, bustling cities, volcanic landscapes, and more. Of course, it’s also an excellent choice for educators looking to hone in on Spanish language and Costa Rican culture.
Studying abroad in Spain is another exhilarating and enriching experience that combines academic excellence with a rich cultural tapestry. As one of Europe’s most diverse and vibrant countries, Spain offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a captivating blend of history, art, and modernity. Renowned for its passionate embrace of life, Spain boasts a rich cultural heritage reflected in its language, art, architecture, and culinary traditions. From the bustling streets of Madrid to the stunning beaches of Barcelona, students have the chance to explore a multitude of landscapes and regions, each offering a unique flavor of Spanish culture.
With a dedicated staff that is intimately familiar with the options for academic programming in all corners of the globe, Study Abroad Association is able to build Faculty-Led Programs in over 30 countries around the world. Some of the more unique destinations we’ve run programs in include South Korea, Vietnam, Iceland, Colombia, Ghana, and Morocco.
All of our data indicates that demand for study abroad will continue to increase in the coming years as pandemic restrictions fade away and the desire for international education experiences grows.
As globalization continues to reshape our interconnected world, the importance of study abroad experiences becomes increasingly profound. These opportunities offer a gateway for students to cultivate invaluable skills essential in today’s globalized landscape. By immersing themselves in different cultures, languages, and academic systems, students develop a deep understanding of diverse perspectives, fostering adaptability, empathy, and intercultural communication skills.
The only question left to answer is: where will you take your students in 2024 and beyond? Whether you’re looking to build a program in one of the most popular study abroad destinations like Italy and Spain or go off the beaten path to countries like Japan and South Africa, Study Abroad Association is here to help you build the customized program of your educational dreams. Get in touch with a member of our team and request a proposal today to get the conversation started.