The number of Sri Lankan students in the United States continues to grow, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Currently, 3,309 Sri Lankans are enrolled in higher education institutions in the United States, which remains the top host of international students globally. The number of Sri Lankans enrolled in graduate programs in the United States grew by more than seven percent last year.
“Sri Lankan students receive a world class education in the United States, building critical skills needed in Sri Lanka’s economy and helping expand the 70-year relationship between our two countries,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz.
Ashrifa Ali, who attended the University of North Dakota, commented, “I had the opportunity to be mentored by some amazing professors who believed in creating individuals who could face the challenges ahead in our scientific careers. My U.S. education has broadened my horizons and given me the confidence to embark on a scientific career in this competitive global climate.”
EducationUSA offers free advising services and a resource library for those students interested in studying in the United States. Located at the U.S.-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission at 55 Abdul Caffoor Mawatha in Colombo, students can explore educational opportunities with the help of a knowledgeable advisor. There are no fees for these services. The American Corners in Kandy, Jaffna, and Matara also provide virtual advising sessions.
As for U.S. students, study abroad numbers grew by 2.3 percent to 332,727 Americans studying abroad for academic credit in 2016/17. Approximately one in 10 U.S. students study abroad during their undergraduate career.
Open Doors is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which has conducted an annual statistical survey on international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) since 1972.