Magazine article International Educator

International Student Enrollments in United States Climb 3 Percent; Study Abroad by U.S. Students Slows

Magazine article International Educator

International Student Enrollments in United States Climb 3 Percent; Study Abroad by U.S. Students Slows

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Modest Increase in International Student Enrollments in United States

A total of 690,923 international students studied at U.S. colleges and universities in the 2009-10 academic year, an increase of 3 percent over the previous year, according to data from the Institute of International Education's (HE) Open Doors 2QlQ report. This modest growth can be attributed to a 30 percent increase in the number of Chinese students coming to the United States to study, an increase that ranks China as the leading sending country in 2009-10. India, which since 2001-02 ranked as the top place of origin of foreign students, falls to the number two position.

Also of note: the top three sending countriesChina, India, and South Korea-now comprise 44 percent of all international enrollments in the United States. The number of students from Saudi Arabia jumped 25 percent in 2009-10, thanks to a Saudi government-sponsored study abroad scholarship program, making Saudi Arabia the seventh leading sending country. Among the top sending countries, Japan saw the biggest decline in foreign students coming to the United States, with a 15 percent drop (torn the previous year.

For the ninth year in a row, the University of Southern California ranks as the top U.S. host institution, with 7,987 international students. The most popular fields of study for foreign students in the United States once again are business and management, followed by engineering.

Study Abroad Numbers Inch Downward

For the first time in the 25 years that study abroad data has been tracked, the number of U.S. students studying abroad has decreased. According to IIE's Open Doors ¿ö/ßreport, 260,327 U.S. students studied abroad during the 2008-09 academic year. …

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