International students come to US for business, STEM education

September 2, 2014

The majority of international students studying in the US enrol in business and STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), according to a new report that examined more than one million student visas between 2008 and 2012. One in 3 international undergraduate students go to the US to study business, management, or marketing, as do almost 30% of all international master’s degree students. The top source cities of these business students are Beijing, China and Seoul, South Korea. Hyderabad, India was the top source city for students studying STEM fields. The study also found that more than one quarter of international doctoral students were taking an engineering program. Other notable programs that attract international students to the US include the visual and performing arts, theology, and homeland security. The data also reveal specific locations in the US that have high concentrations of international students in certain program areas, as well as areas that retain a large number of international students after graduation. The Chronicle of Higher Education