The number of Americans studying abroad also reached an all-time high, although the number pales in comparison to foreign interest in our schools. U.S. students studying elsewhere jumped by three percent to 283,332. Less than 10 percent of American college students study abroad. The number of foreign students attending U.S. colleges has been steadily climbing over the decades and the report suggested that the trend will continue.
As usual, Chinese students represent the largest percentage of foreign students in this country. The number of Chinese students jumped 21.4 percent and they now represent more than one out of every five foreigners studying here.
Private and public colleges and universities in this country have been courting wealthy Chinese students as a way to boost their revenue and some of them have been hiring recruiting agents, which has been a controversial practice in higher-ed circles.
Here are the countries that are providing the largest numbers of students studying in the U.S.:
1. China 235,597 students
2. India 96,754
3.South Korea 70,627
4. Saudi Arabia 44,566
5. Canada 27,357
6. Taiwan 21,867
7. Japan 19,568
8. Vietnam 16,098
9. Mexico 14,199
10. Turkey 11,278
Colleges that were surveyed said the major reasons for their increased popularity were recruitment efforts (68 percent), the growing reputation and visibility of U.S. campuses abroad (61 percent), the growth of the middle class in rapidly developing countries (43 percent) and increased linkages with overseas institutions (31 percent.)