Record Year for International Student Enrollment, Only Modest Uptick of U.S. Students Studying Abroad

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT enrollment in the United States rose by nearly 6 percent in 2011-2012 while U.S. study abroad numbers increased 1.3 percent in 2010-2011, according the latest Open Doors report released in November 2012 by the Institute of International Education.

The 764,495 international students studying in the United States in 2011 mark an all-time high, up 5.7 percent from the previous year. New international enrollment rose 6.5 percent, and international students now comprise 3.7 percent of the student population in U.S. higher education. A notable increase in international students comes at the undergraduate level, up 6.1 percent to 309,342 students and surpassing the number of international graduate students for the first time since 2000-2001.

Following several years of increases above 20 percent, Chinese students now account for one of every four international students. China is the top country of origin, wim 194,029 students, and India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Canada follow. Saudi Arabia showed a substantial change in student enrollment, increasing more than 50 percent from the previous year.

California hosts the most international students, up from 96,535 in 2010-2011 to 102,789. New York, Texas, Massachusetts, and Illinois round out the top five. …