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
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.
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.
Which States Host the Most International Students
- California – 200,809 students
- New York -133,926
- Texas -86,200
To view the number of international students in each state, please visit https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/sevis-by-the-numbers