International students in USA cross 1 million mark
International students in USA: The number of international students in US educational institutes has crossed 1 million for the first time in 2015-16, says the annual Open Doors report of 2016. In fact, in the same academic year, nearly 1,044,000 international students enrolled with the US education system, resulting in a jump of seven percent over the previous years. In fact, in 2015-16, foreign students constituted five percent of the total student population in US institutions.
As in previous years, STEM(Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) courses continue to attract students with engineering, math and computer science taking the lead. Interestingly, STEM numbers have seen a boost mainly due to a substantial increase of 25% in the number of Indian students enrolled in these subjects. Another notable fact is that nearly 14% of the students are engaged in Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Apart from India, students from China drove growth in the international students’ numbers in USA. In fact, students from both the countries accounted for 84 % of the international students. Surprisingly, Saudi Arabia has overthrown South Korea to be the country with the third largest number of students sent to study in USA, thanks to an increase in the number of government-sponsored international scholarships.
Within USA, California has beat other States to host the largest contingent of international students. In 2015-16, 150,000 were enrolled in universities across California, led by University of Southern California. Among universities, New York University attracted the largest number of international students.
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