The Graduate School Admissions for Foreign Students

By Jack McDermott – Top Admit Consulting

It is important to understand that the United States, Canada and Britain welcome foreign students.  It adds diversity to their campuses, adds new language skills and global perspectives, increases the international reputation of the college, and allows the college to expand its alumni network to other countries and continents.  In addition, several college professors have mentioned that foreign students are more dedicated to their studies, and less likely to be overwhelmed by the college “party scene.”

In an increasingly global economy, it is becoming even more essential that students develop an international perspective, and even, and international education.  In 2009, the number of foreign students studying in the United States reached an all-time high despite an economic downturn.  In 2008, there were 671,616 foreign students registered in United States universities. Now the Council of Graduate Schools estimates that 16% of all graduate students in the United States are foreign students. 

Following the terrorism attacks on U.S. soil in September 2001, the increase temporarily stalled due to new American regulations regarding foreign visas. However, beginning in the 2003-2004 timeframe, the number of foreign students has increased steadily until the economic crisis that began in 2008. Although three countries (India, China and South Korea) continue to dominate the nationalities of foreign students in the United States, the recent uptick in students has been primarily driven by China. The most recent 2008 data by the Institute of International Education:

 

Foreign Students Studying in U.S. Graduate Schools

2008-2009

 

Rank

Country

International Students

1-Year Change

# 1

India

103,260

+ 9.2%

# 2

China

98,235

+21.1%

# 3

South Korea

75,065

+8.6%

# 4

Canada

29,697

+2.2%

# 5

Japan

29,264

- 13.9%

# 6

Taiwan

28,065

- 3.2%

# 7

Mexico

14,850

+ 0.1%

# 8

Turkey

13,263

+10.2%

# 9

Vietnam

12,823

+46.2%

# 10

Saudi Arabia

12,661

+28.2%

# 11

Nepal

11,581

+29.6%

# 12

Germany

9,679

+8.7%

# 13

Brazil

8,767

+15.7%

# 14

Thailand

8,736

-    3.0%

# 15

Britain

8,701

+ 4.0%

# 16

Hong Kong

8,329

+0.5%

# 17

Indonesia

7,509

-    2.4%

# 18

France

7,421

+5.3%

# 19

Colombia

7,013

+5.3%

# 20

Nigeria

6,256

+0.5%

The key is that if you are considering studying in the United States, Canada or Britain – you are not alone.  In fact, many student organizations based on ethnic backgrounds (like the Asian-American groups) are the most active on campus.

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