The Institute of International Education has released its annual Open Doors report
, which provides data on international students in the U.S. (you might remember we talked about the report this time last year
). This year's report covers the 2010/2011 school year and reveals some interesting trends in who's studying in the U.S. and why.
There's a nifty "Fast Facts" PDF
if you want to check out some of the trends yourself. Here's what we found interesting:
1) The number of international students in the United States increased by 5% in 2010/2011.
2) Once again, that growth comes largely from China, which had a 23% increase in international students.
3) Other major increases were from Saudi Arabia (up by 43.6%), Iran (up by 18.9%), and Vietnam (up by 13.5%). That moved Iran into the top 25 places of origin, placing it at spot #22.
4) The number of Indian students actually decreased by 1%, apparently falling for the first time in 5 years.
5) Last year there were about 20,000 more international graduate students than undergraduates. This year that gap has narrowed to just about 5,000. China had 43% more undergraduate students this year.
The proportion of undergraduate to graduate students has fluctuated over the past decade – in 2000/2001 there were more undergraduate than graduate international students, but since then it has skewed the opposite direction.
6) The total number of international students in non-degree programs was up 8%, and in intensive English programs alone increased 24%.
7) Business/management is still the top field studied, and continues to grow. Engineering, math/computer science, life sciences, social sciences, fine arts and health all attracted more international students, while education, humanities and agriculture attracted less.