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Published: 12:52, 15 November 2023

Update: 13:42, 15 November 2023

Record number of Bangladeshi students has chosen US for higher education

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The number of Bangladeshi students studying in the United States is at an all-time high.  The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that 13,563 Bangladeshi students chose to study in the United States during the 2022-2023 academic year, according to the 2023 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.  

The current number of Bangladeshi students in the United States represents a 28% increase from the previous academic year (2021-2022) and one of the highest overall increases in the world. The number of Bangladeshi undergraduate students increased by more than 50%, with 2,500 students enrolled in undergraduate (bachelor’s and associate degrees) studies.  Nearly 10,000 Bangladeshi graduate students are studying at U.S. institutions, making Bangladesh seventh in the world for graduate student enrollment in the United States. 

During the past decade, Bangladeshi students in the United States have increased by more than 300%, from 3,314 students during the 2011-2012 academic year to 13,563 students during the 2022-2023 academic year.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education jointly release the annual Open Doors Report, which records the number of international students at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic intensive English Programs.  The total number of international students in the U.S. surpassed one million and rebounded to near pre-pandemic levels.  The 2022-2023 academic year was the fastest growth rate of international students studying in the United States in four decades.

“We are excited to see that more and more Bangladeshi students are choosing the United States for higher education study.  From engaging in groundbreaking research to enriching campus life through cultural programs, Bangladeshi students continue to make impressive achievements across U.S. campuses.” said U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas.

The U.S. Embassy is celebrating International Education Week 2023 by offering several virtual and in-person information sessions for Bangladeshi students and scholars about the U.S. higher education application process, different types of academic programs, funding/scholarship opportunities, and U.S. government-sponsored academic and professional exchange programs.

EducationUSA, with a global network of more than 430 advising centers, is the official U.S. government source for accurate, current, and comprehensive information about studying in the United States.  In Bangladesh, EducationUSA facilitates free access to information about study opportunities in the United States through advising centers located in different parts of the country.  Trained advisers from the American Spaces listed below hold virtual and in-person information sessions and provide one-on-one and group advising services for students and parents, free of charge:

•              The American Center, at the U.S. Embassy, Baridhara, Dhaka;

•              Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Center in Gulshan, Dhaka;

•              American Corner Chattogram (1/A O R Nizam Road Prabartak, circle), Chattogram;

•              American Corner Rajshahi (Paba, Kharkhari Bypass Road), Rajshahi;

•              American Corner Khulna (Shib Bari More), Khulna; and

•              American Corner Sylhet (Shamimabad, Bagbari, Sylhet).

Open Doors is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.  Open Doors also reports on the number of international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs.  The annual report was released yesterday, Monday, November 13, 2023.