Foreign Student Total in U.S. Increases Again

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The number of international students attending U.S. colleges and universities is continuing to grow, totaling more than 720,000 in the last academic year.

The Institute of International Education reported Monday that the number of foreign students studying in the U.S. increased for the fifth straight year, and that the total is now nearly a third higher than a decade ago. In the past year, it said there were strong increases in the number of students from China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Iran and Venezuela.

Nearly half of all international students studying in the U.S. come from China, India and South Korea. More than a fifth of the international students study business and management, with engineering the second most popular academic pursuit.

California hosts the most international students, more than 96,000. For the 10th year in a row, the University of Southern California has the most international students, more than 8,600.