The number of Chinese students in U.S. ranked second


The Institute of International Education released its annual report (Nov. 18) on the number of international students attending colleges and universities in the United States increased by 6.4 %, bringing the total this year to a new record high of 582,996. Of particular note, India surpassed China as the leading country of origin for international students in the United States for the first time ever. With a 22% increase in US enrollments by Indian students, India has surpassed China as the leading sending country. India's 66,836 students now represent 12% of the total number of international students in the United States. China, which had been the leading sending country for the previous three years, increased by only 6% to 63,211 (compared to a 10% increase in 2000/01). The Republic of Korea is the third-leading sender, increasing by 7% to 49,046 students, marking the third year of large increases, after decreases in the late 1990s reflecting the Asian economic crises. Japan, which had been the leading sending country from 1995/96 until 1998/99, when it was surpassed by China, showed a meager increase of 0.7% (with 46,810) and slipped to the fourth-leading country. Among the ten leading sending nations, Mexico also showed a strong increase of 17% to 12,518 students, moving into the 7th spot, up from number 10 last year, and Turkey, with an increase of 10%, moved ahead of Indonesia and Thailand this year, into 8th place.



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