Top 15 Countries Of Origin For International Students In The United States In 2016-17

The majority of international students attending American colleges and universities are originally from China and India, totaling 350,755 students and 186,267 students — two countries that collectively account for about half of all international students.

Overall, the number of foreign students in the United States increased by 3% over the prior year. In 2016, the US Department of Commerce reported that foreign students brought $39.4 billion to the U.S. economy through their spending on tuition, board and living expenses.

The top countries of origin for international students studying in the United States were China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil.

Colleges and universities with the largest populations of international students are New York University, the University of Southern California, Columbia University, Northeastern University, Arizona State University, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, University of California-Los Angeles, Purdue University, University of Texas-Dallas, and Pennsylvania State University.

Top 15 Countries of Origin for International Students in the United States in 2016-17

Rank Country 2015-16 2016-17 % of total % change
1 China 328,547 350,755 32.5 6.8
2 India 165,918 186,267 17.3 12.3
3 South Korea 61,007 58,663 5.4 −3.8
4 Saudi Arabia 61,287 52,611 4.9 −14.2
5 Canada 26,973 27,065 2.5 0.3
6 Vietnam 21,403 22,438 2.1 4.8
7 Taiwan 21,127 21,516 2.0 1.8
8 Japan 19,060 18,780 1.7 −1.5
9 Mexico 16,733 16,835 1.6 0.6
10 Brazil 19,370 13,089 1.2 −32.4
11 Iran 12,269 12,643 1.2 3.0
12 Nigeria 10,674 11,710 1.1 9.7
13 Nepal 9,662 11,607 1.1 20.1
14 United Kingdom 11,599 11,489 1.1 −0.9
15 Turkey 10,691 10,586 1.0 −1.0
World total 1,043,839 1,078,822   3.4

Top 15 Countries of Origin for International Students in the United States in 2016-17

 

Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj

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