Indonesia, as the world’s fourth largest nation and one of the G-20’s strongest economies, is a tremendous market for U.S. educational institutions. There are numerous state-owned and private national and international high schools and prospects for the higher education market are good. Most Indonesian students are keen to study abroad and the U.S. has been one of the most desired destinations. Under the Obama’s U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, the education sector is the number one priority. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta has a mission to double the current number of Indonesian students to U.S. educational institutions by 2014.
In academic year 2007/08, there were 7,692 students from Indonesia studying in the United States, making Indonesia the sixteenth-leading place of origin for students coming to the United States. Most students from Indonesia study at the undergraduate level.
Indonesia has a long history of sending students to study abroad. With a population of 230 million, Indonesia offers a huge potential market for U.S. providers of secondary, tertiary, and vocational education.
In academic year 2007/08, there were 7,692 students from Indonesia studying in the United States. As high as 64 percent of Indonesian students are pursuing undergraduate degrees while 24 percent are in graduate studies. Indonesia is the sixteenth-leading place of origin for students coming to the United States and ranked number two in Southeast Asia, after Thailand.
The number of Indonesian students in the United States experienced a steady growth in the 1980s and 1990s, peaking at 13,282 students in 1997/98. Despite huge declines through 2006/07, Indonesia remains one of the top 20 leading places of origin.
Note: Study abroad figures in the Open Doors report reflect credit given by U.S. campuses in the survey year to their students who studied abroad in the academic year just completed, including the summer term. Study abroad in 2007/08 will be reported in the 2008/09 Open Doors, once credit is awarded by the home campus.
(Source: Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange).