African Nations Sending the Most Students to Train at Colleges and Universities in the United States

In analyzing data supplied by the Institute of International Education, JBHE estimates that at least 25,000 black Africans are currently studying at colleges and universities in the United States. All told, 49 black African nations had college students studying in the U.S. during the 2004-05 academic year.

Among the black African nations, Kenya in 2004-05 sent the most students to American colleges and universities. In that period, 6,728 Kenyans were studying here.

Nigeria ranked second, sending 6,335 students to the United States. Nigerian enrollments are up by more than one third over the past three years.

Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Cameroon, and Ethiopia each had more than 1,000 students studying in this nation. Zambia, Senegal, Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire, and Togo all sent at least 500 students to study at U.S. colleges and universities.