13,423 Nigerian students added N186bn to American economy in 2018

13,423 Nigerian students added N186bn to American economy in 2018

- Nigeria has 13,423 foreign students in the US out of its 1,095,299 international scholars

- With that figure, the country contributed the sum of $514 million (N186,325,000,000) to the American economy in 2018

- Nigeria is also the only African country in the top 20 places where US foreign students came from

According to an official report, there are 13,423 Nigerians presently in the United States studying and by so doing, contributed $514 million (N186,325,000,000) to the country's economy in 2018.

The data could be found in the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange which was released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The report also shows that Nigeria is in tthe 11th place among countries with foreign students in the US, accounting for 1.2% of the total number of 1,095,299 international students in the country.

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Nigerian is the only African country in the top 20 places where foreign students in the US come from. Photo source: The Nation

Nigerian is the only African country in the top 20 places where foreign students in the US come from. Photo source: The Nation
Source: UGC

A further analysis of the report shows that Nigeria has 5,689 as undergraduates, 5,274 at the graduate phase, 637 non-degree students, and 2,093 on Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Nigeria occupies a unique position as the only African country in the top 20 places of origin of foreign students in America, where China comes first with 369,548, followed by South Korea with 52,250.

All foreign students according to the US Department of Commerce contributed $44.7 billion to the American economy same year.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that some Nigerian-Americans of Yoruba heritage took up the challenge to learn their language at the University of Ibadan on an exchange programme basis.

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According to one of the lecturers at the university, Oye Taiwo, the US government yearly sends students to the university centre to learn the language.

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He said when the programme started nine years ago, the first set of Nigerian-Americans that came spent nine months.

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