Foreign Students Continue to Flock to US Colleges

Jason Song, Los Angeles Times, November 10, 2013

The number of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities grew to a record high last year and USC remained their most popular destination, according to a new study.

The private university had 9,840 international students, about 1,400 more than UCLA, which ranked sixth in the survey conducted by the New York nonprofit Institute of International Education, in partnership with the U.S. State Department.

USC has had the largest number of foreign students for a dozen years in a row.

Overall, the number of international students in U.S. institutions increased by about 7% last year to nearly 820,000. The largest group came from China, which sent about 236,000 students, nearly double the number of students from India, the second-largest group.

Several countries—including Iran, Brazil and Kuwait—increased their number of students in the U.S. by at least 20%, but “most of the growth was fueled by the undergraduate Chinese students,” said Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice president for research and evaluation at the Institute of International Education.


California attracted the largest number of foreign students nationwide, with about 111,000, followed by New York and Texas, which had 88,000 and 63,000 international students, respectively.



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  • D.B. Cooper

    These are the same people who made the term “illegal immigrant”… illegal.
    In order to accommodate these new students, these schools will need a diverse faculty.

    I suggest replacing every white male professor over 55 with a ponytail, and hire a racially diverse instructor in his place.

  • I’d just as soon no “students” from any Muslim countries were ever allowed here or anywhere else, especially not from Saudi Arabia. I completely regard China as an enemy state, but I regard Islam as an enemy civilization. One-on-one, Chinese are relatively normal people, but as individuals, “Those Others” are Muslims, first and last.

    • borogirl54

      Actually Saudi Arabia has sent many students to American universities to prepare them for leadership in Saudi businesses. They are trying to reduce the number of foreign workers in the country. Recently, illegal immigrants in Saudi Arabia had a deadline to either find an employer that would sponsor them or leave the country. A bout a million migrants have left the country.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        I’m glad the Saudis are cracking down on illegal immigration in their country and are trying to improve job prospects for their own people, but that doesn’t mean we should be letting them into our universities as they please.

        Islam is an inherent threat to the West. If the Saudis want to teach business and leadership skills to their young people, they ought to do it in their own country or in a fellow Muslim country.

        • NYB

          The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), located on the Red Sea coast, “is a graduate research university of science and technology”.

          They have the means to educate their own, but they also have the money to send their students abroad.

  • Jesse James

    Yes, thank you American colleges and universities for teaching the Chinese how to beat us in manufacturing. Thanks for helping the multi-national corporations build and run their factories everywhere but our own country. Thanks for filling up all your empty seats, that should have American kids learning, with foreigners who will return to their far away lands to do jobs that once would have employed Americans.

    • mobilebay

      We can only hope that they return home. I think many “students” just stay and no one checks on them. Our government has surrendered entirely…if you can get here, you’ve got it made.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        I too doubt that many of them actually return home when they’re supposed to. About half of all illegal aliens in the U.S. originally entered on a legal visa (and this would include student visas). There’s probably thousands of former “students” now residing and working here illegally.

        And as soon as they have an “American” baby, we can kiss the chance of them ever being deported goodbye (unless real Americans wake up, that is).

    • saxonsun

      Jimmy Kimmel is in trouble for saying “let’s kill all the Chinese.” There are going to be demonstrations, I hear. They want the man fired, of course. To me, it’s a damn good joke/suggestion. I teach at a NYC college. The Chinese have invaded us. But the Muslims are definitely far worse.

  • Ronald

    Reportedly, China is a communist nation. Where better for its students to get their ideological indoctrination if not at taxpayer funded “Liberal” occupied US universities?

    • It isn’t really communist. What they practice instead is “state capitalism”, like Nazi Germany.

  • Spartacus

    “The largest group came from China…”


    And I’m sure they’re not gonna do any spying at all…

  • Extropico

    The USA government loves the hard cash from the foreign students after betraying the American worker. They shouldn’t be allowed en masse to the top universities over Americans. It is a long term mistake to so disenfranchise our own.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      American universities for Americans, Chinese universities for Chinese. Why this is such a difficult concept for the elites to grasp, I don’t know.

  • NordicHeritage

    All the while big business here in America continues it’s dismantling of American manufacturing infrastructure and as a result Americans can’t afford college anymore. And even if you are lucky enough to get to go to college once you come out you are stuck with huge college loans and no job prospects.

  • borogirl54

    The universities welcome these students because they pay cash up front for their tuition and cash strapped state universities welcome them as a source of revenue since they pay higher tuition than state residents do.

  • NM156

    And the public pays for Chinese students to study at taxpayer-funded colleges why exactly? If the students stay on in the US, they will be undercutting American labor when they enter the US workforce; if they return to China, they still have deprived US students their right to study at their own schools. All that extra tuition the foreign students pay would be paid likewise by US students from out-of-state, so this flood of foreign-student admissions is the result of state-private sector collusion to flood the professional labor market with cheap foreign labor with US academic credentials and with Asian affirmative action substitutes for Blacks and Hispanics.

  • Hitler was extremely class-conscious, and he got his start on the far-left. He was actually forced to co-opt the decent German conservative right, even though this was disaster for the latter.

  • Herman

    They are getting an education here and then moving back to their native land to improve the quality of life there.
    And yes I am just kidding.

  • A lot of those are locals. Maybe they get admitted to college because their parents make them do their homework.

    • Blue-eyed Devil

      Some are local, Michael, but some are straight outta China

      • So long as they pay full, out-of-state tuition and go home after they graduate, I don’t have a problem. My gripe about foreigners at US universities are the grad students who can barely speak English and are given jobs as teaching assistants for undergrads who then can’t understand the lesson material.

        Of course, lots of them decide not to go back. Much of China is a filthy, polluted place. There are some bright spots like Nanjing. I loved the way the main streets were planted with huge trees, but the food is sometimes poisonous, big business is corrupt, and the political climate is repressive.

  • NYB

    For decades those Chinese students have been returning to the motherland with suitcases full of Western research, so that they may get a pat on the head from the party bosses.

    Low level spying is part of the deal they make when they apply to their government for permission to study abroad.

  • Bossman

    The brightest and the best from around the world still want to come to the USA.

  • Bossman

    You are correct. This shouldn’t be an issue. The USA is the premier country in the world and graduating from an American university means that you’re getting the best education in the world.