Source: Data for SY 1949-50 and 1979-80 are from Institute of International Education (IIE), “All Places of Origin of International Students, Selected Years: 1949/50-1999/00,” Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange (Washington, DC: IIE, 2009). Data for SY 2014-15 are from Institute of International Education (IIE), “International Student Totals by Place of Origin, 2013/14- 2014/15,” Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange (Washington, DC: IIE, 2015), available online

In SY 2014-15, China was the top origin country for international students in the United States, representing 31 percent, followed by India (14 percent), South Korea (7 percent), Saudi Arabia (6 percent), and Canada (3 percent).

In the same year, 89,000 more students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities compared to the previous year, growth that can largely be attributed to an increase in the number of students from India, China, and Brazil.

While China remained the top origin country, increasing 11 percent between SY 2013-14 and SY 2014-15 to 304,000, growth in the number of students from India outpaced those from China, increasing 29 percent to 133,000.

The number of students from Brazil, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, also increased significantly as a result of substantial investment by origin country governments in international scholarships for their nationals.


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