The number of international scholars studying in the U.S. reached a new record in the 2014-2015 academic year, jumping 10 percent from the year before. Roughly 975,000 students enrolled at American universities, according to a new report by the State Department and the Institute of International Education. This is a win-win situation. On the one hand, students have the opportunity to learn in an international environment and on the other the U.S. economy gained nearly $31 billion from the international enrollment.
About two-thirds of international students at U.S. universities and colleges are Chinese, whereas Indians make up the second largest group, with 132,800 enrollees and a growth rate of 29.4 percent from last year.
The New York University hosts the largest number of international students, 13,178. The University of Southern California is second largest with 12,334; Columbia University has welcomed 11,510 foreign scholars, Arizona State University 11,330, the University of Illinois hosts 11,223, and the Northeastern University 10,559.
The report also shows that 80 percent of international undergraduates rely mostly on personal and family savings to fund their education.
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