Where America's International Students Come From
Check out the number of foreign students at U.S. colleges by nationality
Over the last couple of years, the number of international students attending American schools and universities has been rising steadily.
That upward trend is important: foreign students contribute billions to the U.S. economy every year. According to the Brookings Institute, they paid $22 billion in tuition between 2008 and 2013 as well as at least $13 billion in living expenses.
Just under 975,000 foreign students were enrolled in U.S. universities last year and that number has now increased to 1,043,839, accounting for 5.2 percent of the total student population.
Most international students come from Asia with China supplying the most (328,547) by far, according to new data from the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE). India is the second biggest source of international students with 165,918 enrolled. Saudi Arabia and South Korea closely vie for third place. The former edges it with 61,287 students compared to South Korea's 61,007.
"Where America's International Students Come From"