Among African Nations, Nigeria Sends the Most Students to U.S. Colleges and Universities

The Institute of International Education recently released the 2010 edition of its Open Doors report, documenting the number of foreign students studying at U.S. colleges and universities. The report found that during the 2009-10 academic year there were 690,923 foreign students in the United States. This was a 3 percent increase from the previous year.

There were 37,062 students from Africa at U.S. colleges and universities in the 2009-10 academic year. This was slightly higher than the previous year. Nigeria sent 6,568 students to the United States, the most of any African nation. Kenya was second with 5,384 students at U.S. colleges and universities. Other black African nations sending more than 1,000 students to the United States were Ethiopia, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Ghana.