|The number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by seven percent to a record high of 819,644 in the 2012/ 13 academic year, some 55,000 more than in the previous year, the U.S. Institute of International Education said on Monday.
In its 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the institute said that the growth was mainly fueled by students from the Chinese mainland, particularly at the undergraduate level. Enrollments of Chinese mainland students increased by 21 percent in total to almost 235,000, with a 26- percent rise at the undergraduate level.
Asia is where a significant portion of international students to the United States come from. According to the report, students from the top three places of origin -- the Chinese mainland, India and the Republic of Korea -- now represent 49 percent of the total number of international students in the country, though the numbers from the latter two have decreased.
The report also noted that U.S. students studying abroad in academic year 2011/12 reached 283,332, up 3 percent from the previous year and also an all-time high.
Britain remains the top destination for U.S. students studying abroad, followed by Italy, Spain and France. China remains the fifth largest host destination, with two percent more U.S. students studying in China than in the prior year.