Big drop in number of Greeks studying abroad, OECD finds

Although Greece still has a high percentage of university students traveling abroad for their studies, a recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showed a significant drop in their numbers.

According to the study, titled ?Education at a Glance,? 22,000 Greek students were studying abroad in 2012 compared to 33,500 in 2011 and 34,200 the year before that — an indication that the economic crisis is preventing teenagers from pursuing studies at foreign universities.

However, Greek students abroad still account for 5.8 percent of the country?s total student body, with most choosing universities and colleges in the UK (36.1 percent), followed by Germany (15.8 percent).

The report also suggested Greece has yet to find a formula for attracting more students from abroad to its higher education institutions, as 78.7 percent of the country?s foreign students are from neighboring countries and just 20.7 percent are from the OECD?s other 33 member states.

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