The annual Open Doors Report, published on November 14 by the Institute of International Education, shows that the number of international students studying in the USA for the 2010/2011 academic year increased by 5%, to a total of 723,277. This follows an increase of 3% last year, and continues the upward trend that started in 2005/2006, when enrollment numbers started to rebound after post-9/11 setbacks.
Countries of Origin
A big story this year, like last year, is Chinese student enrollment. The number of Chinese undergraduates studying in the US increased by 43%, and overall Chinese enrollment increased by 23% to 157,558, ensuring that China was the largest sending country again this year. Saudi Arabia also had a large percentage increase of 44%. Here are the top ten countries of origin for international students in the USA:
|Rank||Place of Origin||2009/10||2010/11||2010/11 % of Total||% Change|
Taken together, the top 3 countries sending students to the US (China, India and South Korea) account for almost half of all international students in the US.
Leading Host Institutions and Fields of Study
The University of Southern California maintained its top spot as the US school hosting the most international students with a total of 8,615. Here are the ten schools in the United States, by total international student enrollment:
|TOP 10 INSTITUTIONS HOSTING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, 2010/11|
|Rank||Institution||City||State||Total Int’l Students|
|1||University of Southern California||Los Angeles||CA||8,615|
|2||University of Illinois – UC||Champaign||IL||7,991|
|3||New York University||New York||NY||7,988|
|4||Purdue University – Main Campus||West Lafayette||IN||7,562|
|5||Columbia University||New York||NY||7,297|
|6||University of California – Los Angeles||Los Angeles||CA||6,249|
|7||Ohio State University – Main Campus||Columbus||OH||6,082|
|8||University of Michigan – Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor||MI||5,995|
|9||Michigan State University||East Lansing||MI||5,748|
International students have been consistent in the fields of study that they choose, as the top five have not changed. Business and Management and Engineering are by far the most popular two choices for international students at US schools, followed by Physical and Life Sciences, Math and Computer Science, and Social Sciences to round out the top five.
US Students Abroad
Not only are the numbers for international students growing, but so are the numbers of US students going overseas. According to the Open Doors Report, the number of US students studying abroad increased almost 4% to 270,604. Consistent with previous year records, the most popular destinations for US study abroad students included the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France and China as reflected below:
|Rank||Destinations||2008/09||2009/10||2009/10 % of Total||% Change|
Interestingly, while there are more students studying overseas they are going to non-traditional destinations. There was an eight percent increase for each of the following destinations: Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
For more information, please visit the 2011 Open Doors Report published by the Institute for International Education.
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