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58.6% Surge in Students Heading to the U.S. in Just 7 Years!

Updated: Sep 24

In the age of globalization, the significance of international education has never been more pronounced. Ghana stands out in this narrative, with an exciting trend unfolding: a 58.6% leap in Ghanaian students in the U.S. over the past seven academic years.


Ghana at a Glance:

Total Population: 33,107,275

Population Aged 15-24: 18.6%


A fifth of Ghana's population is within the 15-24 age bracket, indicating a vast reservoir of potential international students.


The Journey Over the Years:

From 3,099 students in 2014/15 to 4,916 in 2021/22, the trajectory has been upward, signifying a strong affinity for U.S. education among Ghanaian youth.

Ghanaian Students studying in the United States of America
Ghanaian Students studying in the United States of America

A Deep Dive into Academic Pursuits:

The academic interests of Ghanaian students span a wide range:


Ghanaian Students in the U.S.A by Academic Level
Ghanaian Students in the U.S.A by Academic Level

While undergraduates and graduates showed a rise in numbers, non-degree seeking students witnessed a 69.5% drop from the previous year.


Institution Choices – A Closer Look:

When it comes to institution types, the choice is clear:


Distribution of Ghanaian Students by Institution Type
Distribution of Ghanaian Students by Institution Type

Public institutions, holding 67.7% of the students, are more popular than private ones, which host 32.3%.


Preferred U.S. States for Ghanaian Students:

Ghanaian students have flocked to various parts of the U.S., with states like Ohio, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Massachusetts being top destinations.


In Conclusion:

The rising number of Ghanaian students in the U.S. paints a picture of a nation's youth eager to gain global perspectives and skills. As the trend continues, we can expect even richer cultural exchanges and collaborations between Ghana and the U.S.


For a deeper dive and more data, check out the Open Doors Data.




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