International Study in the U.S.
The United States continues to be an attractive destination for study among international students; the number of incoming students has increased in the recent years. According to the National Association for Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA), barring any catastrophic events or policies in the U.S., the number should continue to increase each year. The country experienced a downturn of international student enrollment post September 11, but the country quickly recovered, and by 2010, had achieved a record level – 723,277.1
According to the Institute of International Education, the country welcomed 764,495 international students during the 2011-2012 school year, which is almost a 6 percent increase over the previous year. The increase is partly due to a large arrival of Chinese students (mostly studying at the undergraduate level). Scholarships from the Saudi Arabian government has also enabled Saudi undergraduates to arrive in the U.S. in significant numbers.2
International students planning to study in the United States should do research to find out if their home countries have programs that can assist them with their plans for studying abroad. Students should check with their local educational institutions and governments to inquire about such programs. Students can also visit websites with useful information for studying abroad, such as http://www.iefa.org.