The International Source Market for 886,000 Visitors—International Students: The just released Open Doors® report from the Institute of International Education tells us that, were the number of students from China compressed into a single market, it would be the number 23 overseas source market for inbound tourism, just behind Norway (284,311 arrivals in 2013) and just ahead of Denmark (269,496). A review of some of the key tables in the report also shows that:
- China, India and South Korea provide more than half of the international students in the U.S.
- One quarter of all international students are studying at schools and universities in California and New York
- The top ten source countries for international students to the U.S. contains seven of the top ten international source markets for inbound tourism to the U.S.
The figures also help to explain why so many visitors to the U.S. from China and India, as calculated by the National Travel and Tourism Office, indicate that visiting friends and relatives is major reason for their trip to the U.S.—as many parents and families travel to America either to escort or visit their children at school. Also, it is likely that the total number of students from China will continue to grow, with the announcement last month that the period for which student visas to students from the country are valid has been extended from one to five years.
Top 20 Countries of Origin for
International Students in U.S.
Top U.S. Institutions Hosting International Students 2013/14
Top U.S. States Hosting International Students