The USA continues to be the world’s most popular destination for international students, with 8% more joining its universities in 2013/14 than in the previous academic year.
Whilst around a third of the almost 900,000 students who are currently choosing to study abroad in the USA are from China, there are increasing numbers of students from the Middle East – particularly Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iran – making the journey to North America for their higher education.
Around 275,000 of the international undergraduate and postgraduate students currently in the USA are Chinese, which shows an increase of 17% on last year.
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iran show increases of 43%, 21% and 17% respectively, whilst another big increase is in students from Brazil, numbers of which have grown by 22%.
Aside from China, the other countries that sent the most students to the USA were India and South Korea.
According to the Open Doors report, which comes from the Institute of International Education, the number of international students in the USA has grown by a huge 72% since 2000.
The most popular universities for international students in the USA, all of which saw more than 10,000 international students enrol last year, were New York University (NYU), the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and Columbia University.