Author: Joey Csunyo
The 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released on 13 November, shows that the number of international students in the US increased by 1.5 percent to reach a new high of 1,094,792 million. It’s the third year running that the number of students has exceeded one million.
The United States remains the top host of international students globally.
International students bring a lot of financial benefit to the US. According to the US Department of Commerce, international students contributed $42.4 billion to the US economy through tuition, room and board, and other living expenses.
There’s a “but” coming…
While the overall numbers of international students grew, new international student enrollments dropped by 6.6 percent in 2017/18. This continued a downward trend first seen in the 2015/16 academic year:
- 15/16 – 300,743
- 16/17 – 290,836
- 17/18 – 271,738
Top countries of origin
Open Doors 2018 provides a nice infographic showing the main source countries for international students in the US.
The table below provides further detail, showing the top 25 countries of origin in 2017/18. China and India are clearly in a league of their own.
About Open Doors 2018
Open Doors 2018 is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
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