Feb 7, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Good news for US students studying abroad--more studied abroad last year than in recent history.  

The 2017 US Open Doors Report showed that the US continues to host a significant number of international students, and the more American students are opting to earn credit abroad.

In an Open Doors press release, the report reflects 325,339 US students earning academic credit from their home campus for their study abroad work in 2015-2016--a 4 percent increase over the prior year. 

The US continues to focus on preparing US students to secure gainful employment upon graduation for career advancement--and for survival in the "multicultural global marketplace."

Where do students from the US study? According to Open Doors, top host destinations included the UK, Italy, Spain, France, and Germany. Europe figured highly in the US student destination. Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia also hosted large numbers of students. Other top destination included Australia, the Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and South Africa. 

Of those US students who studied abroad, 25 percent majored in STEM fields. Business, Social Sciences, foreign languages, international studies, and fine and applied arts also saw an increase in students.

In an article on XinhuaNet, experts say they're not surprised to see an uptick in US numbers abroad. 

Ben Lee, associate director of the master and communication management program at the University of Southern California said, "The United States is large, but the world is still much larger to explore."

He added, "US students studying abroad still find Europe very attractive. I think the report's data bears that out. London, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Milan, these cities are still very attractive for US students."

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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