Reported by Miami Herald on March 25, 2007 that “increasing numbers of American college students are looking to study abroad as a stepping stone to the professional world”. The news report says:
The number of students studying abroad has almost doubled over the last decade to 206,000 in 2004-05, the latest year statistics are available, according to the Institute of International Education or IIE, a non-profit that promotes student exchanges and runs the famous Fulbright program for the Department of State.
Also in the report, Glenda Hayley, director of international education and exchange programs at University of Miami, pointed out that
“we’re seeing a new trend of students going to the far east: Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan. . . Then we have students going to traditional locations in Austria, Italy, France and countries in Latin America, such as Brazil, Argentina, Chile.”