Number of international students studying in the United States in 2017/18, by country of origin

Number of international students in the U.S., by country of origin 2017/18 This statistic shows the number of international students that were studying in the United States as of 2018. The numbers are ordered by countries of origin. In the academic year 2017/18, there were 363,341 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 363,341 students and 196,271 students, respectively in the 2017/18 school year. In 2017/18, there were over 382,953 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
China363,431
India 196,271
South Korea 54,555
Saudi Arabia 44,432
Canada 25,909
Vietnam 24,325
Taiwan 22,454
Japan 18,753
Mexico15,468
Brazil 14,620
Nepal 13,270
Iran 12,783
Nigeria 12,693
United Kingdom 11,460
Turkey 10,520
Kuwait 10,190
Germany 10,042
France 8,802
Indonesia 8,650
Venezuela 8,371
Malaysia 8,271
Colombia7,976
Pakistan7,537
Bangladesh7,496
Spain 7,489
Number of international students
China363,431
India 196,271
South Korea 54,555
Saudi Arabia 44,432
Canada 25,909
Vietnam 24,325
Taiwan 22,454
Japan 18,753
Mexico15,468
Brazil 14,620
Nepal 13,270
Iran 12,783
Nigeria 12,693
United Kingdom 11,460
Turkey 10,520
Kuwait 10,190
Germany 10,042
France 8,802
Indonesia 8,650
Venezuela 8,371
Malaysia 8,271
Colombia7,976
Pakistan7,537
Bangladesh7,496
Spain 7,489
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This statistic shows the number of international students that were studying in the United States as of 2018. The numbers are ordered by countries of origin. In the academic year 2017/18, there were 363,341 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 363,341 students and 196,271 students, respectively in the 2017/18 school year. In 2017/18, there were over 382,953 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 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017-2018

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