In academic year 2006/07, there were 7,338 students from Indonesia studying in the United States (down 3.1% from the previous year). Indonesia is the fifteenth-leading place of origin for students coming to the United States, following Hong Kong (7,722). The majority of students from Indonesia study at the undergraduate level. In 2006/07, their breakdown was as follows:
- 62.5% undergraduate
- 23.3% graduate students
- 12.4% other
- 1.9% OPT (Optional Practical Training)
Indonesia experienced a steady growth in enrollment in the 1980s and 1990s. There was a small drop in students in 1996/97 that was consistent with broader declines in South and Central Asian student enrollments that year. In the past three years Indonesia has experienced sharp declines; down 15% in 2003/04, and 13% in 2004/05. Despite declines since the peak of 13,282 students in 1997/98, Indonesia remains one of the top 20 leading places of origin. (Source: Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange).
Indonesia has a long history of sending students to study abroad. With a population of almost 230 million, Indonesia offers a huge potential market for U.S. providers of secondary, tertiary education and vocational education. In the 2006-2007 academic year, there were an estimated of 7,338 Indonesian studying in the United States. Indonesia ranked number 15 among top 20 leading places of origin of international students and ranked number two in Southeast Asia after Thailand.
By Aulia Rochaini