By Laura Morrison, July 2014
There are many academic institutions within the U.S. that are widely known for their excellent graduate programs. In fact, many of the country's graduate schools have become so renowned that they are attracting lots of attention - not to mention enrollment - from foreign-based students.
In just the past couple of years, the number of international students attending graduate school in the U.S. has skyrocketed, which has been good for both the students and the schools. More students means more money coming into schools, which is great for the economy.
International Students Help Keep Grad School Enrollment Numbers Stable
In addition to serving ambassadorial roles in attending U.S. graduate schools, international graduate students are performing another essential function for U.S. academia - keeping enrollment numbers stable. According to the Times Higher Education, 2013 actually saw a 0.9 percent decrease in the number of U.S. students enrolling in graduate school. Despite this, however, there was still a 1 percent overall increase in enrollment. As you may have guessed, this difference was attributed to international students. While the enrollment numbers are more or less holding steady, this statistic indicates that foreign students are enrolling in U.S. graduate schools at twice the rate that domestic enrollment is declining.
As the Council of Graduate Schools Suzanne T. Ortega told the source, more international students will be beneficial for academia, as it can pave the way for more research breakthroughs. Additionally, international graduates who stay behind to work in the U.S. can greatly contribute to the economy after they graduate.
Where Are International Graduate Students Coming From?
International students tend to come from all over the world. In general, there are a few countries or regions that tend to have higher emigration, however. As The Los Angeles Times noted, the past decade has seen a steadily increasing number of applicants from China attending graduate school in the U.S. In fact, according to the source, Chinese students accounted for about one-third of all international graduate students. The Times noted that this meteoric rise is starting to level out, presumably as the allure of studying abroad becomes less novel for Chinese students.
The Daily Helmsman noted that a large number of students also come from India, Japan and Korea, though many European students from France and the U.K. enrolled in U.S. programs as well.
And what are international students coming here to study? According to a report from CGS, the subject area that saw the largest percentage increase in the number of graduate students was math and computer sciences, with international enrollment jumping 11.2 percent.
About the Author: Laura Morrison is the Web Content Manager for GradSchools.com. She earned an MBA from the Rutgers School of Business in 2010.