15 US Universities Hosting Most International Students in 2021/22 Academic Year

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Nearly one million students coming from more than 200 countries studied at higher education institutions in the United States in 2021/22 academic year, an increase of four percent compared to a year earlier when the United States suffered a loss of international students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 948,519 international students were enrolled at a US college or university over the past year, the “Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange” published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has revealed Erudera.com reports.

According to the report, 15 US higher education institutions with the most international students in 2021/22 were:

  1. New York University – 21,081 international students
  2. Northeastern University – Boston – 17,836
  3. Columbia University – 16,956
  4. University of Southern California – 15,729
  5. Arizona State University – Campus Immersion – 15,293
  6. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign – 12,833
  7. Boston University – 11,798
  8. University of California - San Diego – 11,279
  9. Purdue University – West Lafayette – 11,198
  10. University of California - Los Angeles – 10,990
  11. University of California – Berkeley – CA 10,664
  12. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor – 9,349
  13. Pennsylvania State University - University Park – 9,313
  14. University of Washington Seattle – 8,682
  15. Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh – 8,196

Other institutions hosting thousands of international students include Georgia Institute of Technology, John Hopkins University, University of California – Irvine, University of Texas – Dallas, and University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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China and India remain the top sources of international students in the US, but last year there was a nearly nine percent decline in Chinese students nationwide, whereas the number of students from India increased by 19 percent. A total of 290,086 Chinese students attended US higher education institutions in the 2021/22 school year representing 30.6 percent of the total international student body.

On the other hand, 199,182 Indian students were spread in different US states last year, meaning Indians accounted for 21.0 percent of all international students at US colleges and universities,

South Korea ranks the third biggest source country of international students in the US, next to China and India, sending in absolute numbers 40,755 students to the United States, a slight increase of 3.2 percent compared to 2020/21. A large increase of almost 60 percent was seen in students from Germany, up from 5,364 students in 2020/21 to 8,550 in 2021/22.

In the 2020/21 academic year, 914,095 people studied in the United States, a 15 percent decrease compared to 2019/20, when international college enrollment totaled 1,075,496 students.

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