While the overall number of visitors from China to the United States declined in 2018 and has declined again so far this year, the number of its students to the U.S. actually increased by just under two percent, during the same period (the 2018-2019 school year).
This is just a single example of the “I didn’t know that!” moments one has in reviewing the just-released Open Doors Report of the Institute of International Education (IIE)—it is a U.S. State Department-supported organization*—which keeps tabs on the number of international students who study at U.S. universities and colleges. The nearly 1.1 million students (a record number) in the USA comprise a lucrative inbound source market, generating visits not only by the students, but by their families and friend who visit campuses across the U.S.
Some of the more interesting numbers found in the Open Doors report include the following:
—One-third (33.7 percent) of all international students are from China.
—More than one out of every two international students are from China or India.
—California schools and universities receive the greatest number of international students.
—So great is the number of students from China that, were it a source market on its own, it would be the 23rd largest overseas market for visitors to the United States, ahead of Number 24, Chile, and behind Number 22, Israel.
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Travel & Tourism Office; Institute of International Education
Following is a sampler of some of the IIE Open Doors report tables which underscore the size and impact of the international student market in the United States
*Note on the Source: The Institute of International Education (IIE) has conducted an annual census of international students in the U.S. since its founding in 1919. Known as the Open Doors Report since 1954, and supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State since 1972, the report provides detailed data on student flows into and out of the U.S. Visit us online at: http://www.iie.org/opendoors.
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