U.S. Universities Continue to Attract Belgian Students

According to the Open Doors 2013 Report on International Educational Exchange, which is published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, 894 Belgian students were enrolled in U.S. higher education this year, which is a 1.6 percent increase from the previous year.

The top universities in which Belgian students are enrolled are New York University, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and the University of Chicago.

The Open Doors 2013 report also shows there have never been so many foreign students studying in the United States.  The U.S. hosts a record high of 819,644 foreign students, including 85,823 from Europe and 894 from Belgium.

The report also reflects a record high number of American students studying abroad last year with 283,332 students. More than half of those American students studied in Europe, including 1,300 who studied in Belgium.

As U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Denise Bauer points out, “Student exchanges are such an important part of building and strengthening the partnership between our countries because they help us learn about our shared history and common values.  The positive experiences of American students coming to Belgium, and Belgian students going to the U.S., is the bedrock of our future relationship.  The U.S. Embassy continues to work to strengthen the relationships between Belgian and American institutions, and to facilitate academic exchanges between our countries.”

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