International-student enrolment in US rises 3%

July 12, 2010

Despite the global recession, the total number of foreign students in the US grew by 3% from fall 2008 to fall 2009, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation. Annual growth is on decline -- total international enrolment increased by 4.3% from 2006 to 2007, and by 3.7% from 2007 to 2008. Most of this slowing in the growth rate stemmed from the biological sciences, education, business, or health, while the rate of growth for most fields related to science and engineering actually increased. New enrolments in science and engineering rose by 4%, a larger increase than in recent years. Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)