Sub-Saharan African Students at High Schools in the United States

africa-thumbEach year the Institute of International Education issues a report documenting students and faculty from around the world who are at colleges and universities in the United States. Now the institute has issued a new report that provides statistics on secondary students from foreign nation’s studying in this country.

According to the report, in 2013 there were 73,019 students from foreign nations at U.S. high schools. They made up 0.5 percent of all U.S. high schools students. In contrast, students from foreign nations make up 3.9 percent of all college students in the United States.

Of the 73,019 foreign students in U.S. high schools, 1,249, or 1.7 percent, are from sub-Saharan Africa. By a large margin, Nigeria has the highest number of students in U.S. high schools with 230. Rwanda with 186 and Ethiopia with 115 and the only other sub-Saharan African nations with more than 100 students at U.S. high schools. Ghana, South Africa, and Angola all have more than 50 students at U.S. high schools.

The full report, Charting New Pathways to Higher Education: International Secondary Students 
in the United States, was authored by Christine A. Farrugia. It may be downloaded here.


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