On November 15, the Institute of International Education released its annual Open Doors Report on international students in the US, showing the total number of international students in the US at 690,923, an all-time high and 3% more than last year. However the most dramatic figure was the 30% growth in the number of Chinese students in the US, to a total of almost 128,000, leapfrogging India to claim the top spot. China has recently been second to India in the number of international students studying in the US, but no longer, as the number of Indian students grew modestly to about 105,000.
According to the report, the economy held back overall growth to a lower rate than in recent years, notwithstanding the growth in Chinese students as well as a surge in students from Saudi Arabia. However, the number of students declined from about half of the top 25 sending countries.
Here’s the top 10 sending countries with number of students this year and percent growth from last year:
1 China 127,628 29.9%
2 India 104,897 1.6%
3 South Korea 72,153 -3.9%
4 Canada 28,145 -5.2%
5 Taiwan 26,685 -4.9%
6 Japan 24,842 -15.1%
7 Saudi Arabia 15,810 24.9%
8 Mexico 13,450 -9.4%
9 Vietnam 13,112 2.3%
10 Turkey 12,397 2.0%
The University of Southern California again hosted the most international students, with 7,987 international students on campus. Next in line are the University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign (7,287), New York University (7,276), Purdue University (6,903) and Columbia University (6,833).
Read the press release from the Institute of International Education for more information, and you can review the data tables for complete details and for this original blog post please see our International Financial Aid Blog for all your financial aid needs.