Number of international students studying in the United States in 2016/17, by country of origin

Number of international students in the U.S., by country of origin 2016/17 This statistic shows the number of international students that were studying in the United States as of 2016. The numbers are ordered by countries of origin. In the academic year 2016/17, there were 350,755 international students from China studying in the United States.
International students

The majority of international students studying in the United States are originally from China and India, totaling 350,755 students and 186,267 students, respectively in the 2016/17 school year. In 2016/17, there were over 391,124 international graduate students , which accounted for almost half the international students in the country. Typically, business and management programs and engineering were among the most common fields of study for these students. The United States is home to many world-renowned schools, most notably, the Ivy League Colleges which provide education that is sought after by both foreign and local students.
Foreign students in the United States pay some of the highest fees in the United States, with an average of 24,914 U.S. dollars. American students attending a college in New England paid an average of 12,990 U.S. dollars for tuition alone and there were about 62,926 international students in Massachusetts . Among high-income families, U.S. students paid an average of 33,260 U.S. dollars for college, whereas the average for all U.S. families reached only 23,688 U.S. dollars. Typically, 34 percent of families paid for college tuition through parent income and savings, while 30 percent relied on grants and scholarships.
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Number of international students
China350,755
India 186,267
South Korea 58,663
Saudi Arabia 52,611
Canada 27,065
Vietnam 22,438
Taiwan 21,516
Japan 18,780
Mexico16,835
Brazil 13,089
Iran 12,643
Nigeria 11,710
Nepal 11,607
United Kingdom 11,489
Turkey 10,586
Germany 10,169
Kuwait 9,825
France 8,814
Indonesia 8,776
Venezuela 8,540
Malaysia 8,247
Colombia7,982
Hong Kong 7,547
Spain 7,164
Bangladesh7,143
Number of international students
China350,755
India 186,267
South Korea 58,663
Saudi Arabia 52,611
Canada 27,065
Vietnam 22,438
Taiwan 21,516
Japan 18,780
Mexico16,835
Brazil 13,089
Iran 12,643
Nigeria 11,710
Nepal 11,607
United Kingdom 11,489
Turkey 10,586
Germany 10,169
Kuwait 9,825
France 8,814
Indonesia 8,776
Venezuela 8,540
Malaysia 8,247
Colombia7,982
Hong Kong 7,547
Spain 7,164
Bangladesh7,143
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This statistic shows the number of international students that were studying in the United States as of 2016. The numbers are ordered by countries of origin. In the academic year 2016/17, there were 350,755 international students from China studying in the United States.
International students

The majority of international students studying in the United States are originally from China and India, totaling 350,755 students and 186,267 students, respectively in the 2016/17 school year. In 2016/17, there were over 391,124 international graduate students , which accounted for almost half the international students in the country. Typically, business and management programs and engineering were among the most common fields of study for these students. The United States is home to many world-renowned schools, most notably, the Ivy League Colleges which provide education that is sought after by both foreign and local students.
Foreign students in the United States pay some of the highest fees in the United States, with an average of 24,914 U.S. dollars. American students attending a college in New England paid an average of 12,990 U.S. dollars for tuition alone and there were about 62,926 international students in Massachusetts . Among high-income families, U.S. students paid an average of 33,260 U.S. dollars for college, whereas the average for all U.S. families reached only 23,688 U.S. dollars. Typically, 34 percent of families paid for college tuition through parent income and savings, while 30 percent relied on grants and scholarships.
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November 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016-2017

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