Where and Why Do International Students Study in the United States?

International students

The United States is the most popular destination country for international students. During the 2013-2014 school year, the U.S. hosted 886,052 international undergraduate and graduate students. Students from other countries choose to study in the U.S. for a number of reasons, including the opportunity to enhance career opportunities and to gain experience for future employment, the reputation of academic qualifications and degrees from the U.S., and the ability to find a specific program in their area of specialization at a U.S. university.

All together, students from China, India, and South Korea represent about half of all international students in the U.S. The top three originating countries that saw the most growth in international students in the U.S. were Kuwait, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia.

Below are two charts showing the top universities for international students by percentage, and the top 25 institutions hosting the most international students during the 2013-2014 academic year. Do you see your university listed below? Let us know in the comments!

National Universities with the Largest Percentages of Degree-seeking Undergraduates

University (state)

Percentage of international students

Total undergraduate enrollment

New School (NY)

29%

7,010

Florida Institute of Technology

28%

2,978

Illinois Institute of Technology

23%

2,800

Lynn University (FL)

22%

1,657

University of Tulsa (OK)

22%

3,160

Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

18%

6,279

Purdue University—West Lafayette (IN)

17%

30,147

University at Buffalo—SUNY

16%

19,505

University of San Francisco

16%

6,344

Northeastern University (MA)

15%

13,107

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/the-short-list-college/articles/2014/02/05/universities-that-attract-the-most-international-students

Top 25 Institutions Hosting International Students, 2013/14

Rank

Institution

City

2013/14

1

New York University

New York, NY

11,164

2

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

10,932

3

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL

10,843

4

Columbia University

New York, NY

10,486

5

Purdue University – Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

9,988

6

University of California – Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

9,579

7

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

9,078

8

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

8,683

9

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

7,704

10

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

7,469

http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data/International-Students/Leading-Institutions/2013-14

One Response to Where and Why Do International Students Study in the United States?

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