The latest numbers released from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) shows an increase in the number of international students and their dependents in the United States.
WASHINGTON–U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released the quarterly SEVIS by the Numbers report and we’re taking a look at some of the data about international students in the country.
SEVIS by the Numbers is a quarterly report that highlights nonimmigrant student and exchange visitor information housed in SEVP.
Just a quick reminder about what SEVIS and SEVP means:
SEVIS: Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. This is used to track and monitor schools, exchange visitor programs, and F, M, and J nonimmigrants while they are in the U.S. and are in the U.S. education system. So as an international student all your information is kept in SEVIS by your international office.
SEVP: Student and Exchange Visitor Program. This program is used within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and it acts as a bridge for government organizations that have an interest in the information on nonimmigrants whose main purpose to coming to the U.S. is to be students.
The following data was pulled from SEVIS on July 7, 2016
The Number of International Students and Dependents in the United States
F-1 and M-1 students: 1,112,554
J-1 students: 258,012
Completed degrees: 2,688,929
What Are International Students Studying
467,000 international students are studying a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, and math)
Where Do International Students Come From
856,681 students come from Asia (77 percent of all F&M international students come from Asia)
80,728 students come from Europe
A. 57 percent of F&M European students come from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Russia and Italy.
B. 22 percent of F&M European students study business, management, marketing, and related support services.
66,088 students from from North America
53,971 students come from South America
49,086 students come from Africa
5,961 students come from Australia and Pacific Islands
The number of international students from India increase almost 29 percent from July 2015.
China, India, and South Korea sent the most international students to study in the U.S.
Where Do International Students Study in the United States
The top 5 schools for international student enrollment (each school has more than 10,000 international students) include:
- New York University
- the University of Southern California
- Northeastern University
- Arizona State University
- Columbia University
Arkansas and New Hampshire saw the highest percentage of international student growth.