California’s foreign student population explodes over decade

May 21, 2016 by

The number of foreign students studying in California schools doubled from 2006 to 2016, with public, private and community colleges seeing sharp growth, new federal data show.

The trend comes as learning abroad at a prestigious American university becomes more popular among foreign students, and as California public colleges increasingly count on the revenue generated by the higher tuition international students pay.

California schools enrolled about 205,000 foreign students in March, up from 99,000 in 2006, according to the U.S. Department of State. About 75 percent of those students were in public or private colleges.

That translates to about 5 student visas per 1,000 California residents. Only four states – Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Delaware – had a higher ratio of student visas. Most of those states, like California, have renowned schools attractive to international students.

The most recent data on foreign student enrollment by individual college comes from 2014. Among California colleges, the University of Southern California enrolled the most international students in 2014, about 10,000, or almost a quarter of the student body, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Most of those students were in graduate school.

Source: California’s foreign student population explodes over decade | The Sacramento Bee

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