Latest Open Doors data reveals second year of the US hosting more than 1 million international students but a decline of 10,000 enrolments recorded in new enrolments in fall 2016. Industry value overall is $39 billion.
International students and their dependents contributed $26.8 billion to the US economy and around 340,000 jobs were created or supported by the international education industry in the last academic year, according to an analysis by NAFSA, a leading industry body.
According to the Institute of International Education the number of international students in the US has grown by an impressive 8% to reach an all-time high of 886,052 in 2013. Big gains were seen in enrolments from China and Saudi Arabia while an increase in Indian numbers has reversed a three-year decline.
An analysis by The Brookings Institution of the economies of 118 metro areas in the USA has revealed that foreign students are vital players in connecting cities with economies around the world and contributed US$21.8bn in tuition and US$12.8bn in living costs from 2008-2012.
The number of international students at US HEIs grew by 7% to a record 819,644 students in 2012-13, according to the Institute of International Education's (IIE) latest Open Doors report. China and Saudi Arabia posted the strongest growth inclines in international students. The number of US students studying abroad was also at a record high.
Foreign enrolments at US universities grew 6% to 764,495 this year, according to the latest Open Doors report, bringing an estimated $21.81 billion to the economy. It was driven by a big rise in interest from China and Saudi Arabia, as well as in English programmes as a route to university. The number of Americans studying abroad was also up.