International Student Numbers in the USA Continue to Grow

iie-logoYesterday saw the release of the 2013 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange, which charts the development of international student and study abroad enrollment in the USA.

It is released each year to coincide with International Education Week (11th to the 15th November 2013) and this year it has shown a large increase in the number of international students who are studying in the USA and International Student Numbers in the USA Continue to Grow. Overall the total number of international students increased 7% to a record high of 819,644 students and the number of US students who are studying abroad increased by 3% to 283,000 – this was an increase from 2012 when growth was only 1%.

Digging deeper into the report and we can see where the students are coming from – with China growing their student numbers in the USA by 21.4% to take the top spot with 235,597 students. Second place goes to India  with 96,754 international students (a decrease of 3.5%) and South Korea with 70,627 (another decrease of 2.3%).

The growth in 2013 has come from the likes of China, Saudi Arabia (with an increase of 30.5% from 2012) and Brazil (an increase of 20.4% from 2012). The latter two countries have had large government run scholarship programs over the last year, which has driven the numbers up from those countries in particular.

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Posted by Ross Mason

Ross is the Vice President of International Student Insurance, with over 15 years experience in the international education arena. A graduate from the Nottingham Trent University in the UK with a First in BSc (Hons) Business and Technology, Ross has lived all around the world including LA, New York, Boston, London, Hong Kong, Florida and Germany.

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