Number of Latvia-US students increasing

The number of Latvian students pursuing their education in the United States continues to increase, according to the annual Open Doors report released by the Institute of International Education on November 21.

The number of Latvian students at U.S. colleges and universities grew by a modest 5.6 percent in the 2015-16 academic year, from 276 students to 281.

However, the figure is still lower than 2012's figure of 303 US-based Latvian students.

Interestingly, the rise in the number of US students coming to Latvia is sharper. In 2013 there were just 4 US students here. In 2014 that figure rose to 67 and last year to 75.  

The United States is the sixth most popular study abroad destination for Latvian students, after the UK, Denmark, Germany, Russia and Netherlands.

According to the data, 78.6 percent of this year's Latvian students in the US are studying at 4-year institutions and 21.4 percent at 2-year community college programs. 

At the undergraduate level, 55 percent of Latvian students are studying at public institutions and 45 percent at private institutions. At the graduate school level 65.1 percent of Latvian students are studying at public institutions and accordingly 34.9 percent at private institutions.

The findings from Open Doors 2016 for Latvia, the annual report on student mobility, were released to kick off the 17th annual International Education Week. The annual Open Doors report provides an opportunity to showcase international educational exchange between Latvia and the United States.

More information on studying in the United States can be found HERE.

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