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Number of college students from China booms

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

Last school year, the number of Chinese students enrolled at U.S. colleges increased 30 percent -- making China the No. 1 place of origin for foreign college students, according to a new report released today. For years, India held that title.

Each year the Institute of International Education publishes its Open Doors report, which tracks international students and study abroad programs. This year the institute reported a record-high number of international students studying in the U.S. -- 690,923 students during the 2009-10 school year, an increase of 3 percent from the year before. (Read a summary of the report, here.)

China wasn't the only country to send more students to the United States for school. The number of students from Saudi Arabia also grew by about 25 percent, likely because the Saudi government has invested heavily in study abroad scholarships, according to the institute.

The top five host states for these students are California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts and Illinois. The University of Southern California hosted 7,987 international students, making it the country's leading host institution for a ninth year in a row.

Other top host institutions: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (7,287), New York University (7,276), Purdue University (6,903), Columbia University (6,833), University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (6,095), University of California - Los Angeles (5,685), Michigan State University (5,358), University of Texas - Austin (5,265), and Boston University (5,172).

You can read the full report, here. And to read about sudden declines in the popularity of study abroad programs, check out my colleague Dan de Vise's blog, College Inc, here.

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By Jenna Johnson  | November 15, 2010; 2:44 PM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags:  Boston University, Columbia University, Michigan State University, NYU, Purdue University, UCLA, University of Illinois, University of Texas  
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