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Bangladeshi students studying in US reach new all-time high

  • Published at 02:05 pm November 17th, 2020

Over 8,800 Bangladeshi students studied in the United States in the 2019/2020 academic year

The number of Bangladeshi students studying in the United States has reached a new all-time high.

Over 8,800 Bangladeshi students studied in the US in the 2019/2020 academic year.

US Embassy Dhaka disclosed the data in its annual report, titled “Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange,” in celebration of International Education Week (IEW) on Monday.

The figure is a new all-time high for Bangladesh, reflecting a 7.1% increase over the 2019 report (8,249 students), and more than tripling since 2009.

Bangladesh now ranks 17th in the world, up from 20th place in 2019, of countries sending students to the United States for higher education.

The country had the highest percentage growth among the top 20 countries, and the highest increase in the South Asian region.

Out of the 8,838 Bangladeshi students studying in the United States in 2019/2020, 5,787 studied at the graduate level -- a 9.6% increase over 2018/2019 academic year -- moving Bangladesh from 9th to 8th place in the world for graduate students studying in the US.

More than 75% of Bangladeshi students currently on US campuses study in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  Of them, over 41% study Engineering, over 19% study Math/Computer Science, and over 15% study Physical or Life Sciences.  

Nearly 7% study Business/Management and nearly 6% study Social Sciences.  Nearly 1,300 Bangladeshi students (14% of all Bangladeshi students) during the 2019/2020 academic year participated in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) - on-the-job training in one’s field of study - as part of their studies in the United States.