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Infographic – China, India Continue as Top Student Sources

World map showing countries with the most international students on U.S. campuses

Click on image for full-size view (Open Doors report, Institute of International Education)

18 Nov. 2023. China and India provided more than half of all international students at U.S. universities in the last academic year, as total enrollment from overseas approached pre-pandemic levels. Institute of International Education in New York this week issued its annual Open Doors report on international students showing more than 1 million students on U.S. campuses in 2022-23.

Some 1.06 million international students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities in the last academic year, according to the report, an increase of 11.5 percent over the previous year, and just shy of the all-time total of 1.1 million in 2018-19. Of that total, nearly 290,000 came from China with another 269,000 from India, accounting for 27 and 25 percent respectively. Those numbers far eclipsed the 44,000 students from South Korea, and 22,000 to 28,000 each from Canada, Vietnam, and Taiwan. The total number of students from China declined slightly (by 0.2 percent) from 2021-22, but the number of Indian students jumped by 35 percent, the largest increase for any one country.

Some 467,000 students pursued graduate or professional degrees last year, about 44 percent of the total, an increase of 21 percent from the previous year, and the largest number of graduate/professional students ever recorded in the Open Doors data. Undergraduate enrollments from overseas rose at a slower pace (1 percent), but still the first increase in five years. More than half (55%) of international students pursued degrees in science or technology-related disciplines, with nearly a quarter (23 percent) taking computer science and mathematics, and 19 percent enrolled in engineering degrees.

Twelve universities each enrolled 10,000 or more international students in 2022-23, with New York University accounting for 24,500, Northeastern University in Boston taking in nearly 21,000, and Columbia University enrolling 19,000. California and New York universities enrolled more than 125,000 international students in each state last year.

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