International Students Increase at U.S. Campuses

The number of foreign students at U.S. colleges increased 10 percent in 2014-15, according to recent data from the Institute of International Education (IIE).  

"The influx has helped international enrollments skyrocket at some institutions, while others have fewer students now than ten years ago," The Chronicle of Higher Education reported based on their analysis of the IIE data. Less than half of the institutions (44 percent) kept pace with the national growth and 10 percent of colleges accounted for nearly 70 percent of the increase between 2005-06 and 2014-15.

According the IIE, Indian student enrollments were a large part of the increase in foreign students, with campuses seeing a 30 percent increase in these students over the prior year. Students from China still outnumber those from any other country, Inside Higher Ed reported. Other major sending countries include Saudi Arabia (up 11.2 percent) and Brazil (up 78.2 percent). Latin America and the Caribbean was the fastest-growing region of origin for international students.

American participation in study abroad also grew by 5.2 percent from 2012-13 to 2013-14, reported Inside Higher Ed.  IIE has started a campaign to double the number of study abroad students.


Related Links   

Institute of International Education Open Doors Report

Inside Higher Ed

The Chronicle of Higher Education