According to the latest numbers from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), more than 1.2 million international students study in the U.S. We take a closer look at these numbers.
Information provided from a press release shared with ISV Magazine from SEVP:
WASHINGTON – There are 1.2 million international students using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa to study in the United States according to the latest “SEVIS by the Numbers,” a quarterly report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
The report highlights November 2015 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a Web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States. Based on data extracted from SEVIS Nov. 5, international student enrollment at U.S. schools was up eight percent compared to November 2014.
The top 10 countries of citizenship for international students
3. South Korea
4. Saudi Arabia
Here are some major takeaways from the data shared:
- 1.2 million international students are on F or M visas
- 201,800 students are on an J-1 exchange visitor visa
- Compared to July 2015, this number decreased by 17.5 percent (244,766)
- 39 percent of international students studying in the United States (460,000 individuals) were enrolled in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) coursework in November
- 87 percent of international students pursuing STEM studies were from Asia
- 31 percent of F & M students from Europe study business, management, marketing and related support services and liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities
- 23 percent of students from Africa study engineering and health professions
- New York University (NYU) surpassed the University of Southern California as having the most international students.
- Other universities with the largest populations of international students include Columbia University, Northeastern University, and the University of Illinois
- Purdue University had the most international students studying a STEM field
- 77 percent of all international students were from Asia
- 57 percent of all F & M students studying in the United States are male
- Eastern Europe sends the most females (56 percent) and Western Asia sends the most males (77 percent)
- 36 percent of F & M students studying in California,, New York, and Texas
- California is the most popular destination for students from Asia, Europe, Australia and the Pacific Islands
- Texas is the most popular destination for students from Africa
- New York is the most popular destination for students from North America
- Florida is the most popular destination for students from South America
More about the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
Report data was extracted from SEVIS Nov. 5. SEVP monitors approximately one million international students pursuing academic or vocational studies (F and M visa holders) in the United States and their dependents. It also certifies schools and programs that enroll these students. The U.S. Department of State monitors exchange visitors (J visa holders) and their dependents, and oversees exchange visitor programs.
Both use SEVIS to protect national security by ensuring that students, visitors and schools comply with U.S. laws. SEVP also collects and shares SEVIS information with government partners, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, so only legitimate international students and exchange visitors gain entry into the United States.