Open Doors Report Show Increase of Panamanian College Students in the United States

Panama City, 13 November 2017.- The release of the latest Open Doors Report points out  marks the celebration of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. The Open Doors Report measures and breaks down each the students that each country sends to study in the United States each academic year.

The new report indicates that in the 2016-2017 academic year, there are 1,588 Panamanian students studying in the United States, earning Panama the distinction of providing the second largest group of international students from the Central America region, only behind Honduras with 2,046 students.

Panama’s large contingent of students in the 2016-17 academic year is a robust 3.3% increase from 2015-16. It is the largest groups of Panamanian exchange students since the Open Door Report began.

Students from Panama in the United States study primarily at the undergraduate level, with 14% at the graduate level in 2016/17, 69% enrolled at the undergraduate level, 9 9% pursuing optional practical training, and 8% in non-degree programs such as English language or short-term studies. Panamanian students study, among other subjects, law, accounting, biology and environmental studies. The top host states for Panamanian students are Texas, California, New York, Arizona and Massachusetts.

On hearing the news of the report as it applies to Panama, Ambassador John D. Feeley commented: ““I am delighted to see an increase in international educational exchanges between Panama and the United States!  When I arrived, one of the first topics President Varela and I discussed was creating more opportunities for our young people to get to know one another.  Through magnificent initiatives like Panamá Bilingüe, Panama is preparing its next generation for leadership through international education. The American Embassy in Panama is eager to help find the opportunities and facilitate the travel of Panama’s future leaders – today’s students who study abroad, learn foreign languages and culture, and establish life-long ties that often lead to career success.  This report shows that our two governments are keeping that commitment, and we all are winners as a result.”

About Open Doors

Open Doors is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which has conducted an annual statistical survey on international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.

Open Doors also reports on the number of international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs. Further details on the Open Doors 2017 surveys and their findings is on the Open Doors website. The full 100+ page report will be available in January and can be ordered from IIE Books. For more data, infographics and resources visit