Foreign students gradually returning to U.S. colleges
American universities are graduallyregaininginternationalstudents after experiencing drops following September 11, with the numbers of newlyenrolledinternationalstudents increasing nearly 8 percent, according to the Institute of International Education’s annual report.
The report said that during 2005 and2006,thenumberofnewstudents was142,923,increasingabout7.7percentfrom131,945thepreviousschool year. The total number of interna- tional students — including those already enrolled — was 564,766.
“America’s colleges and universitieshavebeguntoseepositiveresults from their proactive efforts to recruitinternationalstudentsandmake them feel welcome on campus,” said Allen E. Goodman, president and chiefexecutiveofficeroftheInstitute of International Education. “With several thousand campuses able to host international students, the U.S. hasahugeuntappedcapacitytomeet the growing worldwide demand for higher education.”
The report also showed that 42 percent of international students in the United States are from Asia, including 76,503 from India, 62,582 fromChina,58,847fromSouthKorea and 38,712 from Japan. Students from South Korea showed a noticeable increase, up 10.3 percent from the previous year. Enrollment of Japanesestudents,however,declined 8.3 percent during the same period of time. Among other findings:
The most favorable fields of studyforinternationalstudentsinthe United States are engineering, business and management, which ac- count for 34 percent of coursework for all international students.
The leading host institutions for international students are the University of Southern California, with 6,881 international students, and Columbia University in New York, with 5,575. They are followed by Indiana’s Purdue University, New YorkUniversityinNewYorkandthe University of Texas at Austin.
The University of Maryland at College Park ranks 18th, with 3,476 international students. These numbers reflect undergraduate and graduate programs.
American students studying abroad increased in 2005 and 2006, reaching205,983.StudentsfavorEuropeancountries,suchastheUnited Kingdom, Italy, Spain and France, which account for 60 percent of all American student destinations. Unlike a great inflow of Asian students to U.S. colleges and universities, the numberofAmericanstudentswhose destinations are Asia only account for 8.1 percent.
Social sciences, humanities, businessandmanagementareleading majors among Americans studying abroad.