Primary Sources of Funding in 2013

November 13th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

iie-logoThis week is a very important week in International Higher Education as it is International Education Week – and thus the week in which the Open Doors Report 2013 is released. In this report are facts and figures that show trends and changes with international students.

As we continue to sift through the data, we were of course especially interested to see what are the Primary Sources of Funding in 2013. As it comes to many as no surprised, the overwhelming majority of international students (63%) reported that their financial support was primarily covered by their own savings or with the help of their family. As a distant second, 20.7% of students said that US colleges and universities were their primary financial support.

In reviewing this data compared to last year, however, the majority of the increase in funding is coming from the U.S. and Foreign Governments. For those of you who have their finger on the pulse of international higher education, it comes as no surprise.

Saudi Arabia had a 30 percent increase in the number of international students in the US compared to last year. This brought the grand total of Saudi students to 45,000 in the US during the 2012-2013 academic term. The bulk of these students are finding their financial support through the Saudi government scholarship program which has given many students the opportunity to get their degree in the US.

Also seeing a spike in international students to the US is Kuwait, who has a governmental scholarship program that helped contributed to the 37 percent spike of Kuwaiti students in the US. This makes the grand total of Kuwaiti students at 5,100 – boosting them up to the top 25 sending countries.

That’s not all, Brazil also saw a 20 percent increase compared to last year, where the majority of the 10,900 Brazilian students are being supported on the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program that has also given students the opportunity to pursue their undergraduate degree in the USA.

Interested in seeing the data? Check out the Open Doors Report and let us know your thoughts.


  1. candid ekene okere says:

    I want to school in the USA

  2. Melissa DiVietri says:

    Thank you for posting. Traveling abroad is only possible with funding. I would be interested in exploring more options to make my dream come true this summer. Cheers, Mel

  3. Acep Haryudin says:

    Assalamu’alaikum, Wr.Wb.,
    Dear Sr / Mrs.

    Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Acep Haryudin, I’m 27 years old and from Indonesia. I’m a student of Master Degree in education and I have problem with my financial difficulties, I afraid I can’t finish my study due to lack of fees. I have been looking for help everywhere but the results are nonexistent, and I really hope you or your company can help me in order that I can finish my study well.
    I will wait for your respond, if there is any procedures I have to do, you can give me information via email
    Thank you very much for your help.

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