The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently revamped its SEVIS by the Numbers report, now publishing it twice a year. The report provides a snapshot of international students studying in the United States. Data was extracted from SEVIS May 5, 2017.

More than 1.18 Million International Students Study in the United States

More than 1.18 million international students on F or M status study in the United States, according to the latest report provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security.

F status means students are in the United States for academics, while M status means students are in the country for vocational reasons, such as learning a trade.

There was a two percent increase of international students from May 2016 to May 2017. The number of J-1 exchange students decreased by 1.3 percent during this time.

We took a look at the report and shared some important points below when it comes to international students in the United States:

Where Do International Students Come From

  • 77 percent of international students (915,612) come from Asia, mostly from China and India.
  • Nepal had the largest growth of students from all the Asian countries.
  • Students from South America saw the biggest percentage growth.
  • South Korea ranks third and Saudi Arabia ranks fourth for sending students to the United States

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What Do International Students Study

  • 43 percent of international students study a STEM program (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
  • 18 percent of international students study business, management, marketing, or related fields.
  • Other popular fields include: engineering, computer science, remedial education and liberal arts.
  • There was an eight percent increase of students studying a STEM program from May 2016 to May 2017.

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What Schools Host the Most International Students

  • 10 U.S. universities host 10 percent of the entire international student population.
  • The top three schools that enroll both F-1 and M-1 students are Cornell University, the Houston Community College System, and Santa Monica College.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently revamped its SEVIS by the Numbers report, now publishing it twice a year. The report provides a snapshot of international students studying in the United States. Data was extracted from SEVIS May 5, 2017.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently revamped its SEVIS by the Numbers report, now publishing it twice a year. The report provides a snapshot of international students studying in the United States. Data was extracted from SEVIS May 5, 2017.

Which States Host the Most International Students

  1. California – 200,809 students
  2. New York -133,926
  3. Texas -86,200

To view the number of international students in each state, please visit https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/sevis-by-the-numbers

 

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