Chinese Emerge as Largest International Students Group Coming to American Colleges 1

It is official. It is the Chinese who are now sending the largest number of international students to American Colleges. According to a report released today by the Institute of International Education, a New York-based non-profit that promotes exchanges between U.S. and overseas universities, America continues to be the top destination for Chinese students seeking higher education overseas.

China sent no students to the US from the 1950s until 1974/75. In 1998/99, China overtook Japan as the leading sender, and remained in the number one position until being overtaken by India in 2001/02. However this  year has recorded a 30% increase in Chinese Student enrollment in the United States with a total of nearly 128,000 students making it more than 18% of the total international student population. “With the one-child policy in China and a rapidly growing middle class, more and more parents are able to invest their considerable resources into securing a world-class education for their child”, said Pegy Bluementhal executive VP and COO of IIE.

Overall, of the 25 countries sending students to the Americas, the number is international students in the US increased by 3% to 690,923 during the 2009-10 academic year. Each of the top five host U.S. states, California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts and Illinois, saw increases in the number of international students they hosted.

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