US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt hailed Greece as an education destination for an ever increasing number of American students, and predicted that more will come once the pandemic is over.
His comments were made following the Open Doors 2020 survey findings, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
It found that the number of American students who chose to study in Greece in the 2018/19 academic year increased by 11.7%, welcoming 5,843 compared to 5,223 in the previous year.
Greece jumped up two spots, to 12th place in the world in the international educational destinations for American students (it was ranked 14th in 2019, and 17th in 2018).
At the same time, during the current 2019/20 academic year, a total of 2,489 Greek students chose US academic institutions.
“I’m thrilled that Greece is becoming a study destination of choice for more and more American students. I expect this increase to accelerate as we get through the COVID-19 pandemic together and the Greek Ministry of Education builds on its excellent initiatives to attract more international students, deepening the bonds between our peoples and strengthening our shared values. The U.S. Embassy will continue to support these efforts,” said U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt.