A total of 6,468 prospective Ghanaian students studied in the United States of America in the 2022/2023 academic year, thus a 31.6 per cent increase compared to the previous year, the United States (US) Embassy in Ghana has stated
The Embassy also said in a survey that Ghanaian students earned nearly US$9 million in scholarships to more than 700 higher educational institutions in all 50 states to study graduate programmes at American universities.
The US Embassy in a social media post indicated the 2021/2022 academic year (4,140) Ghanaians travelled to the US for study adding that 4,916 Ghanaians also travelled to the US to take university undergraduate programmes.
It indicated that Ghana is now the 14th largest contributor to the number of graduate foreign students in the US, rising from its previous 18th position.
“In terms of the overall number of foreign students in America, Ghana ranked 23rd in terms of countries with the largest number of students. A record-breaking 6,468 Ghanaians studied in the United States in 2022/2023 a massive 31.6% increase” the Embassy stated.
Ghana is now in the top 25 countries worldwide for sending students to the United States. According to the 2023 Open Doors Report, a total of 6,468 Ghanaians studied in the US in 2022/2023 – an increase of 31.6 per cent and a record.
Ghanaians in graduate degree programs totalled 4,140, a 38 per cent increase over last year, making Ghana the 14th largest sender of graduate students to the United States.
Last year, Ghanaian students earned nearly $9 million in scholarships to more than 700 higher educational institutions in all 50 states. To help meet the growing demand, the U.S. Embassy processed a record number of student visa cases in the last fiscal year.
The United States remains the top destination for international students with over one million (1,057,188) international students in the academic year 2022-2023, which is a 12 per cent increase over the previous year.
The majority of international students in the United States study in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields; math and computer science continued to grow as the leading field of study for international students in 2022/23.
This year, the U.S. Embassy in Ghana hosted the two largest EducationUSA college fairs ever held in Ghana in Accra and Kumasi, which attracted more than 13,000 students, parents, and academic professionals.
The U.S. Embassy guides qualified individuals to be successful applicants to U.S. colleges and universities through EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s network of education advisers.
Ghana currently has two EducationUSA Advising Centers at the U.S. Embassy in Accra and at ACE Consult in Asokwa, Kumasi. EducationUSA Advisors work with students in person and virtually to enhance their understanding of the college or university application process to be successful applicants.
Over the last year, EducationUSA advisers from the Accra and Kumasi-based centres helped thousands of Ghanaian students apply for admissions to hundreds of accredited U.S. institutions of higher learning.