Malaysian Student Enrollment in U.S. Increased by 6% to 7,231

International student enrollment in U.S. up ten percent to nearly one million

The 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange finds that 7,231 Malaysian students attended college or university in the United States during the 2014/15 academic year, a 6 percent increase over the previous year. Malaysia is the 22nd leading country of origin among international students in the United States. Students from Malaysia in the United States study primarily at the undergraduate level, with 71 percent enrolled at the undergraduate level, 16 percent at the graduate level, and 12 percent in optional practical training.

The number of students from Malaysia decreased from a peak of 9,074 in 1999/00 to a low of 5,281 in 2006/07. Beginning in 2008/09 the numbers grew for four years, but has remained relatively flat for the past three years until last year’s jump of 6 percent.

“We are excited to see more Malaysian students taking advantage of education opportunities in the United States,” said U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Y. Yun. “These exchanges strengthen ties between the United States and Malaysia, invest in our shared future, and provide
a forum to solve global challenges.”

The number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities had the highest rate of growth in 35 years, increasing by 10 percent. A record high of 974,926 international students were in the United States in the 2014/15 academic year. This strong growth confirms that the
United States remains the destination of choice in higher education. The United States hosts more of the world’s 4.5 million globally mobile college and university students than any other country in the world, almost double the number hosted by the United Kingdom, the second leading host country.

China remains by far the top country of origin of international students in the U.S., increasing by 11 percent to 304,040. However, India’s growth outpaced China’s this year, with students from India increasing by 29.4 percent to a record high of 132,888. In 2014/15, China and India
together accounted for 67 percent of the total increase in international students, and they now constitute nearly 45 percent of the total number of international students in U.S. higher education.

The report also found the number of U.S. students going to Malaysia to study for academic credit at their home university totaled 159 in 2013/14. While study abroad by American students has more than tripled in the last two decades, reaching a new high of 304,467, still only about 10 percent of U.S. students study abroad before graduating from college.

The Open Doors® report is published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The release of the new Open Doors data marks the celebration of International Education Week,
a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

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Open Doors is published by the Institute of International Education, an independent not-for-profit organization with a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,400 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators,
young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the U.S.
Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.Open Doors also reports on the number of international scholars at U.S. universities; international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs; and on U.S. students studying abroad. Further details on the Open Doors  2015 surveys and their findings is on the Open Doors website at, and the full 100+ page report can be ordered for $79.95 from IIE Books  at

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State leads a wide range of academic, professional, and cultural exchanges that include approximately 50,000 participants annually, including the flagship Fulbright Program and the International Visitor Leadership Program, with the goal of increasing mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. ECA also sponsors the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships for U.S. undergraduates with financial need, the Critical Language Scholarship Program in support of U.S. study abroad, and the EducationUSA netwok of over 400 advising centers worldwide, which provides information to students around the globe who wish to study in the United States. For more information on the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange activities, visit