More than 1 million international students were enrolled at schools in the United States last year — a 1.5 percent increase over the previous year and a record high, according to the Institute for International Education. With . 1,094,792 million students, the United States remains the top host of international students globally. However the number of new international students in America — students enrolling for the first time at a U.S. institution in fall 2017 — decreased by 6.6% percent.
China sent the most students China (363,341 ), followed by India (196,271), South Korea (54,555), Saudi Arabia (44,432) and Canada (25,909 ), according to the IIE’s Open Doors Report. New York University in New York City was host to the highest number of international students — 17,552. Other schools with large numbers are the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, Columbia University in New York City and Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Open Doors 2018, released by the IIE and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, highlights the impact of international education on U.S. higher education sector. Foreign students made a significant financial impact in 2017, contributing $42.4 billion to the U.S. economy through tuition, room and board, and other expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.