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Nigerians studying in US rise by 22% in one year despite surging FX

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The number of Nigerians studying in the United States of America rose by 22.2 percent within one year, despite the scarcity of foreign exchange, which has made tuition fees more expensive.

Data from the new Open Doors Report, published by the Washington-based Institute of International Education (IIE) on Monday, show that enrolment from Nigeria increased to 17,640 in the 2022/23 academic year from 14,438 in the previous year.

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hit 17,640 in 2022/23 academic year

It said the US hosted 1.06 million international students during the academic year, a 12 percent increase compared to the previous academic year. “It is the fastest growth rate in more than 40 years.”

The report also revealed that Nigeria was the only African country among the top 10 countries with the highest number of students in America, while China (289,526), India (268,928), South Korea (43,847), Canada (27,876) and Vietnam (21,900) are the top five countries.

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