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Bangladesh Rises In Ranking of Countries Sending Students to the United States
November 16, 2021


More than 8,000 Bangladeshi students studied in the United States in the 2020/2021 academic year, moving Bangladesh up three places from the previous year. 

DHAKA, November 16, 2021 – The Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce 8,598 Bangladeshi students chose to study in the United States during the 2020/2021 academic year, according to the 2021 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.

In celebrating  International Education Week (IEW) on November 15-19, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Institute of International Education released the 2021 Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange.

Bangladesh advanced three places from 17th to 14th in the list of countries sending students to the United States.  During an unprecedented pandemic with a global decrease in international students, Bangladesh only had a 2.7% decrease from 2020.  Promoting educational exchanges between Bangladesh and the United States is a strategic priority because international education exchanges benefit both nations, peoples, and professional networks.

Speaking last night at a virtual seminar on U.S. women’s higher education institutions to open IEW 2021 in Bangladesh, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Helen LaFave said, “While COVID-19 has caused global challenges, it is heartening and exciting to see Bangladeshi students from across the country pursuing higher education in the United States.”  Ms. LaFave said she hoped the event would help Bangladeshi students find their path to study in the United States.  She urged the audience to engage EducationUSA advisers located in the four American Spaces in Dhaka, Chittagong, and Khulna for information on higher education opportunities.

The U.S. Embassy, through EducationUSA Bangladesh, is celebrating IEW 2021 by offering several virtual programs for Bangladeshi students and scholars.  EducationUSA advising centers in Bangladesh will host webinars on  topics including sessions on women’s colleges, liberal arts education, a conversation with Bangladeshi student associations at U.S. universities, and other topics related to both undergraduate and graduate studies in the United States.  Speakers include U.S. Embassy officials, U.S. university alumni and admission officials, who will cover application preparation, scholarships and financial aid, and share perspectives with prospective Bangladeshi students.  For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/EdUSABangladesh or e-mail EducationUSA-Bangla@state.gov.

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

  • American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka
  • Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Center for Public Service and the Arts located in Dhanmondi, Dhaka
  • American Corner Chittagong (at Chittagong Independent University, 12 Jamal Khan Road Chittagong – 4000)
  • American Corner Khulna (at Northern University of Business and Technology Khulna KhulnaCampus, 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, Talaimari Rajshahi-6204).

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 15, 2021.  Additional information about the Open Doors 2021 report will be posted at https://opendoorsdata.org/annual-release/.  For more information on International Education Week (IEW) please visit https://iew.state.gov