Ghana records 13.9% increase in students attending U.S universities

Ghana has been ranked as the second highest country in Sub-Saharan Africa with regards to the number of its international students attending various universities and colleges in the United States of America.

This, according to the 2019 Open Doors Report on international education, has shown an overall 13.9 percent increase from the number of Ghanaian in the United States from 3,213 in 2018 to the current 3,661.

The number, brings Ghana into second place in Sub-Saharan Africa, a spot previously held by Kenya, whiles Nigeria remains the number one on the continent with 13, 423 students.

Over half of the Ghanaian students in the United States are studying at the graduate level and this number increased by 21.3 percent over last year, from 1,534 up to 1,860, tipping Ghana into an enviable bracket of top 25 countries sending graduate students to the United States.

According to the 2019 Open Doors Report, the United States hosted nearly 1.2 million international students during the 2018/2019 academic year. The number of Sub-Saharan African students hit a record high at 40,290, marking a 2.1 percent increase over the prior year. This makes Africa the only region of the world that has experienced the largest percentage of growth for the second time in a row. The giants of West Africa, Ghana and Nigeria, contributed significantly to the increase in the region.

Ghana also experienced an increase in the number of American students participating in study abroad programs in-country from 1,865 to 2,210. This makes Ghana the second most popular destination in Sub-Saharan Africa for American exchange students, after South Africa.

The five most popular U.S. states for Ghanaian students are Ohio, New York, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas.

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