According to the Open Doors 2014 Report on International Educational Exchange – which is published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State – 948 Belgian students were enrolled in U.S. higher education this year, which is a 6 percent increase over the previous year.
The top Universities in which Belgian students are enrolled are New York, Stanford, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Columbia, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
This Open Doors 2014 report also shows there have never been as many foreign students in the United States with a record high of 886,052 students, including 86,885 from Europe.
Besides, the report shows that there were a record high number of American students studying abroad, with 289,408 Americans studying abroad and with more than half, i.e. 154,182 in Europe, of whom 1,297 in Belgium, a slight drop.
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As U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Denise Bauer pointed out, “the value of an international education continues to grow as evidenced by the increased number of students taking advantage of opportunities for study in the U.S. I am a firm believer in student exchanges as a way to build common experiences that become the foundation of our future relationships and improve our ability to work together to overcome global challenges. I am proud of the work we do at the Embassy to help facilitate these exchanges and relationships between people”.