November 13, 2023
2023 Open Doors Report: Number of Taiwan Students in U.S. Increases 6.6 percent to 21,834
Taiwan remains the sixth largest sender of International Students to the U.S.
The 2023 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education, shows the total number of Taiwan students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities during the 2022-2023 academic year increased to 21,834 from 20,487. This 6.6% year-over-year increase follows annual increases from 2015 to 2023, with a pause only in 2019-2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Taiwan remains the sixth largest source of international students in the United States and Taiwan students comprise 2.1 percent of all international students in the United States.
The 2023 Open Doors report highlights that international students remain committed to pursuing study in the United States, which remained the top global destination for international students, welcoming 1,057,188 international students, a year-over-year increase of 11.5 percent.
The largest portion of Taiwan students in the United States (45.7%) were enrolled in graduate study, a 10.8% increase from the prior academic year, ranking Taiwan as the number five place of origin for graduate students. Nearly 27 percent of all Taiwan students in the United States studied at the undergraduate level. More than 23 percent of Taiwan students participated in Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs, an increase of 7.7 percent that ranks Taiwan as the fourth largest place of origin for OPT. Nearly 4 percent of all Taiwan students enrolled in non-degree programs, a significant increase of more than 38 percent from the previous year.
The Open Doors Report, compiled annually by the Institute of International Education, is a comprehensive information resource on international students at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at colleges or universities. For more data, infographics, and resources, details please visit https://opendoorsdata.org/.
The release of the 2023 Open Doors Report is a part of International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote international educational exchange from November 13-17, 2023.
AIT has planned a series of International Education Week activities, including in-person and virtual information sessions and seminars to help inform Taiwan students about studying in the United States. For information about AIT’s IEW activities, please see https://www.ait.org.tw/education-exchanges/2023-international-education-week/.