November 12, 2012- Today the Institute of International Education released their annual profile of international students in the United States and for the second consecutive year Vietnam was the 8th leading country of origin.    Unfortunately, the metoric growth witnessed just a few years ago ( Vietnam witnessed 40%+ growth just 4 years ago) has slowed dramatically.    U.S. schools must now consider thoughtful engagement strategies to systemically brand and market  themselves in the increasingly competitive Vietnam recruitment  market.   VETEC is well positioned to support U.S. schools seeking a more comprehensive approach than simply participating in Spring/Fall Study Fairs or assigning 3rd party study abroad agencies.   We invite US schools to contact  us at to see how our dynamic, in-country office can help  your school more effectively compete for qualified Vietnamese students.



INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION Educational Exchange Data from Open Doors 2012

In the 2011/12 academic year, 15,572 students from Vietnam were studying in the United States (up 4.6% from the previous year). Vietnam is the eighth leading place of origin for students coming to the United States.

Academic Level: The majority of Vietnamese students study at the undergraduate level. In 2011/12, their breakdown was as follows:

72.2% undergraduate
17% graduate students
5.5% other
5.2% OPT (Optional Practical Training)

Historical trends: The number of students from Vietnam fluctuated moderately throughout the 1980s and
1990s with a steady trend of growth beginning in the late 1990s. The number of Vietnamese students has risen significantly since 1998/99, with double-digit growth in many years. Vietnam has been a top 20 place of origin since 2006/07 and remains a top 10 place of origin for international students in the United States since 2010/11.

Year # of Students
From Vietnam % Change from
Previous Year
2011/12 15,572 4.6% n/a
2010/11 14,888 13.5%
2009/10 13,112 2.3%
2008/09 12,823 46.2%
2007/08 8,769   45.3%
2006/07 6,036 31.3%
2005/06 4,597 25.3%
2004/05 3,670 16.0%
2003/04 3,165 16.3%
2002/03 2,722 7.5%
2001/02 2,531 25.2%
2000/01 2,022 -10.8%
1999/00 2,266 42.8%
1998/99 1,587 – 95