Vietnamese paid $827 mln to study in US universities in 2019-20

By Nguyen Quy   November 20, 2020 | 06:28 pm PT
Vietnamese paid $827 mln to study in US universities in 2019-20
Students in Hanoi wave Vietnam and U.S. flags to welcome President Donald Trump to Vietnam's capital city, February 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.
Vietnamese students paid nearly $827 million to U.S. universities and colleges during the 2019-20 academic year, a 17 percent dip from the previous year.

The Institute of International Education in the U.S. said in a report released Thursday that though Vietnam still ranked sixth globally in the list of countries and territories sending students to U.S. higher education institutions, the number decreased for the first time in 18 years.

The number of Vietnamese students was down 2.5 percent to 23,777, the report which surveys over 2,900 accredited U.S. higher education institutions that host international students, said.

Of them, 69.8 percent were undergraduates and 15.3 percent were graduate students.

The data was reported as of fall 2019, meaning it does not factor in the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mainland China was the leading economy of origin followed by India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Canada. The rest of the top 10 were Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico.

Overall enrollment by international students was down 1.8 percent, the first decrease since 2005-2006.

American education officials did not directly address recent shortfalls, but the cost was cited as a factor, U.S. News & World Report said.

The Institute of International Education also forecast struggles for American universities looking to attract international students next fall due to the pandemic.

The U.S. is now the world's biggest Covid-19 hotspot with over 12 million infections and 258,333 deaths.

There are also worries over immigration and visa status, according to organizations in the global education sector.

Vietnamese families spend as much as VND3-4 billion a year to send their children abroad to study, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha said in 2018.

As of March around 190,000 Vietnamese were studying abroad at all levels, with the top five destinations being Australia, the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and China.

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