Thursday, November 10, 2011

What is the first data set you turn to when you look at Open Doors data?

The 2011 Open Doors data will be released by IIE this coming Monday, November 14th.  I attended the release last year at the National Press Club and it was a great experience.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend this year but I will be checking out the data and posting some thoughts to IHEC Blog.

When I first visit the Open Doors website I first turn to the student profile data within the study abroad section. I'm interested in seeing what progress, if any, has been made in changing the face of the U.S. study abroad population.  To be sure, I spend a lot of time sifting through the data and crunch some of the numbers to provide additional insight not covered by IIE Research and Program Evaluation Services staff.

Where do you first turn when you check out Open Doors data?

Previous IHEC Blog posts related to the Open Doors data:

- How do you use Open Doors data? (2010)
- Video and Test of Judith A. McHale on Release of the Open Doors 2009 Report
- Data Collection and Students with Disabilities Who Study Abroad (2009)
- U.S. Department of State press releases on Open Doors Data (2009)
- Additional Open Doors 2009 Data Tables Recently Released 
- Can a U.S. Student Study Abroad in the United States? (2008)
- Site Traffic Data Also Provides Valuable Information (2008)
- Over 1,000 Students with Disabilities Studied Abroad in 2006/07 (2008)
- Some States See Decline in Total U.S. Study Abroad Numbers (2008)
- Open Doors 2008
- Open Doors Data on Study Abroad (2007)


  1. I would love to see what demographics shifts you find. Please post the work, if you do it!

  2. You mentioned that "Open Doors" is a grant. How long has it existed?

  3. Thanks, David. We posted this year's Open Doors disability statistics in study abroad at:
    We hope more institutions will fill out this section on future surveys to make it a national level finding that can be reported with other student profile information.

  4. I too would like to know about the grant and the disability statistics for study abroad students.

    My daughter is now studying in London and the U.K. appears to have the highest number of U.S. students studying abroad. Are there any factors that have been found which indicate a reason?

  5. Open Doors is not a grant but rather a national data collection initiative and report compiled by the Institute of International Education and funded by the Department of State. The link to the disability related data is in the link provided by Michele above at

  6. @Michele ~ Many thanks for the comment and link to the Open Doors disability statistics. Hope you are well and it's been way too long since our paths have crossed! All the best!