The Institute of International Education today released its Open Doors report, which provides an annual look at international students in the U.S. This year’s data refers to the 2009-2010 school year. It shows a number of interesting trends – some expected, some not. Here are some things of particular interest:
1 ) The U.S. hosts more international students than any other country – 691,000 in 2009-2010, up 26% in the last decade (LA Times)
2 ) That said, growth in the number of foreign student enrollments is slowing. The number of first-time students grew only 1% last year, compared to 16% the previous year.
The growth is largely due to an influx of students from China, which had 30% more students enrolled in 2009-2010 than the year before (The Chronicle of Higher Education, with a long look at the trend in Chinese students and what it means)