Among U.S. schools, New York University, the University of Southern California, Northeastern University, Columbia University and the University of Illinois rank one through five for schools with the highest international student populations. More than 10,000 international students were enrolled at each school in March. As many as 77 percent of all international students were from Asia. The top 10 countries of citizenship for international students included: China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil and Mexico.
The number of Indian students in American universities and colleges is over 194,000, a jump of more than 31 percent in one year. “The number of F&M students from India studying in the U.S. grew from 148,360 in March 2015 to 194,438 in March 2016, an increase of 31.1 percent,” according to the latest ‘SEVIS by the Numbers,’ a quarterly report on foreign student trends prepared by Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
There are nearly 1.2 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status studying in the U.S. SEVIS is part of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Based on data extracted from SEVIS on March 7, international student enrollment at U.S. schools increased 6.2 percent compared to March 2015.
In March, there were 8,687 U.S. schools with SEVP certification to enroll international students, a three per cent decrease from the previous year, ICE said in a release. According to the report, 82 percent of F & M students from India pursue degrees in a STEM field. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “More STEM students are from India than any other country,” it said.
On the other hand, 69 percent of all F&M students who pursue mathematics and statistics coursework are from China, it said. ICE report said 40 percent of international students studying in the U.S., equaling almost 479,000 individuals, were enrolled in STEM coursework.
Approximately 417,000 international students from Asia pursued STEM studies, an increase of 17 per cent since March 2015, it added. In March, more than 75 percent of the M (vocational) student population was male. Sixty-four percent of M students majored in transportation and materials moving, with a focus on air, ground or marine transportation.