Foreign enrolments at US universities grew 6% to 764,495 this year, according to the latest Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education, bringing an estimated $21.81 billion to the economy—up from $20.23 billion the previous year.
It was driven by a big rise in interest from China and Saudi Arabia (up 23% and 50% respectively), as well as in English programmes as a route to university. The number of Americans studying abroad was also up.
“This year we broke records in three categories… Number one was international students coming to the US… Number two were US students studying abroad. And I think the key news is that the positive economic impact really continued to increase,” commented US assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural Affairs, Ann Stock. More...