Indian Students in U.S. Drop 1%; Chinese Student Enrollment Up

 Indian Students in U.S. Drop 1%; Chinese Student Enrollment Up

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For the first time in five years, the number of students from India studying in the United States fell, down 1% in the 2010/11 academic year.
There were a total of 103,895 Indian students in the United States, about 14% of all foreign students in the country, compared to 104,897 in the previous academic year. Most of them, 61.2%, were graduate students, with 13.5% undergraduates and 23.7% in optional practical training.
Meanwhile, the number of U.S. students venturing to study abroad in India increased substantially, up 44.4% from 2,690 students in the 2008/09 academic year, to 3,884 in the 2009/10 academic year. (Data from the 2010/11 is not yet available.)
A record 723,277 international students were enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities in the 2010/11 academic year, up 5% from the previous year, according to “Open Doors,” the annual report of the Institute of International Education. The study was released Nov. 14.
The largest group of international students, 157,558, was from China, an increase of about 22% from the previous year. The report said increased numbers of Chinese students, “particularly at the undergraduate level, largely accounts for the growth this past year.” At the undergraduate level, Chinese student enrollment increased a whopping 43%.
The report said the top 20 host universities and top 10 host states each had more international students than in the prior year. Women represented about 45% of foreign students.
Citing U.S. Commerce Department data, the report said the increase in foreign students has had a “significant economic impact on the U.S., as international students contribute more than $21 billion to the U.S. economy, through their expenditures on tuition and living expenses.”
South Korea is the third leading place of origin of foreign students, with more than 73,000, up 2% and 10% of the total. Students from Pakistan numbered 5,045, in 24th place, down 3%.
India has jumped to 14th place as a destination for U.S. students going overseas, up from 21st the year before. China remains the favorite destination, with 13,910 U.S. students, a rise of 2% from the previous year.
The top 10 most popular fields of study for foreign students in the U.S. continue to be: business/management (22%), engineering (19%), mathematics/computer science (9%), physical/life sciences (9%), social sciences (9%), fine/applied arts (5%), health professions (5%), intensive English language (5%), education (2%), humanities (2%) and agriculture (1%).
California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts and Illinois remained as the top five host states, respectively, for foreign students. For the 10th year in a row, USC was the leading host institution, with 8,615 international students in 2010/11.