Number of international students in the U.S., by country of origin 2018/19

This statistic shows the number of international students that were studying in the United States as of 2019. The numbers are ordered by countries of origin. In the academic year 2018/19, there were 369,548 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 369,548 students and 202,014 students, respectively in the 2018/19 school year. In 2018/19, there were 377,943 international graduate students , which accounted for over one third of the international students in the country. Typically, engineering and math & computer science programs 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 13,400 U.S. dollars for tuition alone and there were about 71,098 international students in Massachusetts . Among high-income families, U.S. students paid an average of 30,706 U.S. dollars for college, whereas the average for all U.S. families reached only 26,226 U.S. dollars. Typically, 30 percent of families paid for college tuition through parent income and savings, while 31 percent relied on grants and scholarships.

Number of international students studying in the United States in 2018/19, by country of origin

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Release date

November 2019


United States

Survey time period

academic year 2018-2019

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