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A Quick Look at International Students in 2015-2016

A new report highlights how many international students studied in the United States during 2015-2016 and some other interesting details.

The following information is provided in the Open Doors report, which collects information about international students and scholars at higher education institutions in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad.

Here are some details from the 2015-2016 report we found interesting:

Quick Numbers

  • International students contributed more than $30.5 billion to the U.S. economy
    • To view the economic impact of international students in each state, click here
  • 1,043,839 international students studied in the United States (an increase of 7.1%)
  • International students make up 5.2% of the total number of students studying at a university or college in the United States
  • A total of 300,743 new international students studied in the U.S.

Places of Origin

The top places of origin of international students are:

  1. China (328,547)
  2. India (165,918)
  3. Saudi Arabia (61,287)
  4. South Korea (61,007)
  5. Canada (26,973)
  6. Vietnam (21,403)
  7. Taiwan (21,127)
  8. Brazil (19,370)
  9. Japan (19,060)
  10. Mexico (16,733)
  11. Iran (12,269)
  12. United Kingdom (11,599)
  13. Turkey (10,691)
  14. Nigeria (10,674)
  15. Germany (10,145)
  16. Kuwait (9,772)
  17. Nepal (9,662)
  18. France (8,764)
  19. Indonesia (8,727)
  20. Venezuela (8,267)
  21. Hong Kong (7,923)
  22. Malaysia (7,834)
  23. Colombia (7,815)
  24. Thailand (7,113)
  25. Spain (6,640)

Top U.S. Institutions

The universities and colleges who had the most international students include:

  1. New York University (15,543)
  2. University of Southern California (13,340)
  3. Arizona State University-Tempe (12,751)
  4. Columbia University (12,740)
  5. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (12,085)
  6. Northeastern University-Boston (11,702)
  7. University of California-Los Angeles (11,513)
  8. Purdue University-West Lafayette (10,563)
  9. Boston University (8,455)
  10. University of Washington (8,259)
  11. Michigan State University (8,256)
  12. University of Texas-Dallas (8,145)
  13. Penn State University-University Park (8,084)
  14. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (7,630)
  15. University of California-San Diego (7,556)
  16. University of California-Berkeley (7,313)
  17. Indiana University-Bloomington (7,159)
  18. Ohio State University-Columbus (7,117)
  19. Carnegie Mellon University (7,051)
  20. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (7,037)

Academic Levels 

Undergraduate students: 427,313

Graduate students: 383,935

OPT: 147,498

Open Doors is a report supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Primary Sources of Funding 

International students paid for their education in the U.S. with the following methods:

  1. Personal and family (66.5%)
  2. U.S. College or University (17%)
  3. Foreign Government or University (7.4%)
  4. Current Employment (6.6%)
  5. Foreign Private Sponsor (.9%)
  6. U.S. Government (.4%)
  7. U.S. Private Sponsor (.3%)
  8. International Organization (.2%)
  9. Other Source (.7%)

Selected Fields of Study 

International students studied in the following fields:

  1. Engineering (20.8%)
  2. Business and Management (19.2%)
  3. Math and Computer Science (13.6%)
  4. Social Sciences (7.8%)
  5. Physical and Life Sciences (7.2%)
  6. Fine and Applied Arts (5.7%)
  7. Intensive English (3.9%)
  8. Health Professions (3.3%)
  9. Communications and Journalism (2%)
  10. Education (1.7%)
  11. Humanities (1.7%)
  12. Legal Studies and Law Enforcement (1.4%)
  13. Agriculture (1.2%)

The Open Doors report also gathers information about U.S. Americans studying abroad. Here are some additional details:

  • 313,415 American students studied abroad
  • The most popular destinations include:
    • 1. United Kingdom
    • 2. Italy
    • 3. Spain
    • 4. France
    • 5. China
    • 6. Germany
    • 7. Ireland
    • 8. Costa Rica
    • 9. Australia
    • 10.Japan
    • 11. South Africa
    • 12. Mexico
    • 13. India
    • 14. Czech Republic
    • 15. Denmark
    • 16. Brazil
    • 17. Ecuador
    • 18. Argentina
    • 19. Greece
    • 20. South Korea
    • 21. Peru
    • 22. New Zealand
    • 23. Israel
    • 24. Austria
    • 25. Chile
  • A majority of Americans who studied abroad are white (72.9%). Hispanic or Latino(a) was 8.8%, Asian or Pacific Islander was 8.1%, Black or African-American was 5.6%, Multiracial was 4.1%, and American Indian or Alaska Native was .5%.
  • A majority of Americans studied abroad for a short-term (eight weeks or less).
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