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The United States Remains the First Choice for International Students
November 17, 2020

KATHMANDU – According to the 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the United States proudly hosted over 1 million international students for the fifth consecutive year.  The report, covering the 2019 – 2020 U.S. academic year, was released by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on November 16, 2020.   The report also details that although the total number of Nepali students declined by 3.8 percent in 2019, Nepal still ranks 12th worldwide in the number of undergraduate and graduate students combined.  The United States remains the preferred choice for Nepali students who plan to study abroad.

Today, even amidst the pandemic, the United States encourages prospective Nepali students to explore U.S. higher education institutions.  These institutions offer a variety of enrollment options, such as online and deferment opportunities, and as soon as it is safe to do so, U.S. Embassy Kathmandu will resume routine visa services so students will be able pursue their dream of studying in America.

Although international education and exchanges have been affected by COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy in Nepal remains committed to helping Nepali students prepare for their education in the U.S. by providing online resources.  We regularly host virtual advising sessions, webinars, virtual college fairs, and encourage students to visit our social media platforms.

On November 16 – 20 we are celebrating International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education designed to attract future leaders to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.  In support of IEW 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Nepal, United States Educational Foundation Nepal, and American Spaces will host a series of events.  Featured events include: ‘Get Inspired’ programs featuring American and Nepali Alumni, a student visa presentation, and a series of webinars with U.S. universities.  The week of activities promotes U.S. higher education and exchange opportunities for Nepali students as they develop their educational plans and pursue their goals because an investment in a U.S. degree today is an investment in a successful future.

For more information and resources on the 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange visit: www.iie.org/OpenDoors .