Three international student enrollment growth trends in the US higher education institutions

The enrollment of international student at the US universities and colleges has reached a record high of nearly 820,000 in the 2012-13 academic year, according to the latest IIE Open Doors report (Open Door 2013 reports fall 2012 enrollment by all levels, as compared to CGS which reports fall 2013 graduate enrollment). However, which type of students are driving the growth? Which type of institutions attracting most international students? Are all higher education institutions witnessing similar growth?

Following charts show the contributors of enrollment growth and highlight the importance of diversification in the internationalization strategies of American higher education institutions. It shows that the growth is concentrated  in terms of source countries, types of institutions and level of education. The three charts from my article “Diversification key to international higher education” published in University World News, look into year-on-year growth from three different angles– academic level, type of institution and source countries.

1. Higher revenue potential: Bachelor level enrollment becoming attractive


2. Big getting bigger: Doctorate-granting institutions driving growth 

3. Demand from China and Saudi Arabia: Over-dependence on a few countries

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Dr. Rahul Choudaha

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