New annual report from Open Doors (IIE) was published yesterday shows 723,277 Foreign students in USA during 2010/2011 academic year.
Thats an increase of 4.7% compared to previous year – 690,923.
Why the influx of foreign students in USA?
- Not good quality schools in home countries?
- Growing economy in other countries?
- Parents earning more money to send students to USA for education?
No, above 3 can be a small contributing factor, but main reason is explained by Allan Goodman, president of the IIE. In his recent interview at NPR, he says international students pump more than $21 billion into the U.S. economy.
Yes, they pay tuition but they also rent their housing, they buy a computer, they buy books, they buy clothing. They contribute not just to the college, but to the broader community. They often pay full tuition, and universities hit by state budget cuts say that’s one reason they’re recruiting more foreign students.
Quick Facts about Foreign Students
- China (157,558)
- India (103,895)
- South Korea (73,351)
- US (8.615)
- University of Illinois (7,991)
- NYU (7,988)
Top US states
- California (96,535)
- New York (76,888)
- Texas (61,636)
- 2010/2011 (723,277)
- 2009/2010 (690,923)
- 2008/2009 (671,616)
- 2000/2001 (547,867)
Still California leads number of foreign students in USA, followed by New York and Texas.
And the as per the report, less than two percent of American students studied abroad in the 2009 and 2010 school year.