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416 Moldovans Studied in the United States Last Year

416 Moldovans Studied in the United States Last Year

The number of Moldovan students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education increased slightly, from 411 in 2010-11 to 416 last year, a 1 percent increase, according to "Open Doors 2012," the annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.

This year’s "Open Doors" report shows that the total number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by 6 percent, to a total of 764,495 during the 2011-12 academic year.  The increase shows the continued belief of international students and their parents that a U.S. degree is a sound investment in their future.

The 2011-12 data mark the sixth consecutive year that "Open Doors" reported expansion in the total number of international students in U.S. higher education; there are 31 percent more international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities than there were a decade ago.

The growth is largely driven by strong increases of students from China, particularly at the undergraduate level.

California is the top destination for international students, with more than 100,000 enrolled there last year.  Next is New York, followed by Texas, Massachusetts and Illinois.

Americans are also studying abroad in increasing numbers.  In the 2010-11 academic year, 273,996 American students studied abroad.  The United Kingdom remains the leading choice for American students, followed by Italy, Spain, France and China.

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