International student enrollment increased 6.2 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching almost 1.2 million foreign-born students with academic or vocational status. In March, there were 8,687 schools in the U.S. which had Student and Exchange Visitor Program certification to enroll international scholars.
According to a quarterly report on international student trends in the U.S., 479,000 scholars, representing 40 percent of the total number of foreign students in the country, were attending science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. Among them, about 417,000 were from Asia. In fact, 77 percent of all international students in the U.S. came from the Eastern continent. China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil and Mexico are the top ten countries of origin for students in the U.S.
New York University ranks first as number of international students, with more than 10,000 individuals, followed by the University of Southern California, Northeastern University, Columbia University and the University of Illinois.
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