Increase in Barbadian Students in the United States, Engineering and Business Most Popular Fields

The number of Barbadian students studying at U.S. colleges and universities increased by 3.4 percent from 2018 to 2019, according to the Open Doors 2019 report released today by the Institute of International Education. The report indicated 333 students from Barbados studied in the United States in the 2018/19 academic year. A majority of Barbadian students, 59.8 percent, enrolled at the undergraduate level, while 23.1 percent enrolled at the graduate level, 14.7 percent participated in optional practical training, and 2.4 percent engaged in non-degree programs or short-term studies. Top fields of academic interest for Barbadian students included engineering, business, accounting, and the social sciences.

The United States, for the fourth consecutive year, hosted more than one million international students. The United States remains the top host of international students globally, at 21 percent, with double the number of students as the next closest host country. The report also reflected an increase in the number of U.S. students studying in Barbados, up from 157 to 258 students.

“International exchange makes our colleges and universities more dynamic for all students and an education at a U.S. institution can have a transformative effect for international students, just like study abroad experiences can for U.S. students,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The U.S. Embassy in Barbados actively promotes international exchange and study through EducationUSA, a global network of educational advising centers that provide accurate, current, and comprehensive information about study opportunities in the United States. In Barbados, advisors provide these free services at the Barbados Community College and Barbados National Library. More information is available at

Open Doors is published by the Institute of International Education, which has conducted an annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since 1919 and in partnership with ECA since 1972. The release of the new Open Doors data marks the celebration of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. For more information, please contact U.S. Embassy Bridgetown or go to

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