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Number of Bangladeshi Students in the United States Reaches All-Time High
November 15, 2022


More than 10,500 Bangladeshi students attended higher education institutions in the United States during the 2021-2022 academic year, moving Bangladesh up to 13th from 14th place during the previous academic year. 

DHAKA, November 15, 2022 – In celebration of International Education Week (IEW) on November 14-18, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce 10,597 Bangladeshi students chose to study in the United States during the 2021-2022 academic year, according to the 2022 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.  During the 2021-2022 academic year, Bangladesh advanced from 14th to 13th place in the list of countries sending international students to the United States.  Over the past decade, the number of Bangladeshi students in the United States has more than tripled, increasing from 3,314 during the 2011-2012 academic year to 10,597 during the 2021-2022 academic year.  Shortly after independence, Bangladesh sent 480 students to the United States during the 1974-1975 academic year.

“The United States welcomes Bangladeshi students.  From engaging in groundbreaking research to enriching campus life through cultural programs, Bangladeshi students continue to leave their mark across the United States.  We are excited to see that more and more Bangladeshi students are choosing the United States,” said U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas.

The U.S. Embassy is celebrating IEW 2022 by offering several virtual and in-person information sessions for Bangladeshi students and scholars about the U.S. higher education application process, different types of academic programs, and funding/scholarship opportunities.  EducationUSA advising centers in Bangladesh will hold special sessions on topics, such as the unique benefits of a U.S. liberal arts education and conduct in-person visits to local high schools and universities to meet with prospective students.  Session speakers will include U.S. Embassy officials, U.S. college/university alumni, and U.S. admissions officials who will discuss the application preparation process, scholarships and financial assistance, and U.S. government-sponsored academic and professional exchange programs.  For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/EdUSABangladesh or e-mail EducationUSA-Bangla@state.gov.

Every year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education jointly release the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.  The United States remains committed to international education, including student mobility to and from the United States, as reiterated in the Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education by the U.S. Departments of State and Education.

EducationUSA, with a global network of over 430 advising centers, is the official U.S. government source for accurate, current, and comprehensive information about studying in the United States.  In Bangladesh, EducationUSA facilitates free access to information about study opportunities in the United States through advising centers located in different parts of the country.  Trained advisers from the American Spaces listed below hold virtual and in-person information sessions and provide one-on-one and group advising services for students and parents, free of charge:

  • The American Center, at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka;
  • Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Center for Public Service and the Arts located in Dhanmondi, Dhaka;
  • American Corner Khulna (at Northern University of Business and Technology, Khulna, Shib Bari More, Khulna);
  • American Corner Sylhet (at Sylhet International University, Shamimabad, Bagbari, Sylhet);
  • American Corner Rajshahi (at Varendra University, House No# 532, Jahangir Shoroni, TalaimariRajshahi); and
  • American Corner Chattogram (Note:  We are currently providing virtual advising support with an EducationUSA advisor based in the division.  For more information, please contact chittagong@educationusa.org.)

Open Doors is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutes in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.  Open Doors also reports on the number of international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs.  The annual report was released yesterday, Monday, November 14, 2022.  Additional information about the Open Doors 2022 report is posted at https://opendoorsdata.org/annual-release/.  For more information on International Education Week (IEW) please visit https://iew.state.gov.