International students enrollment in US reaches pre-pandemic levels

The report also revealed an increase in international student enrollment for 2021-22 across all regions of the United States with California hosting the highest number of international students.

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The enrollment of international students in the United States has bounced back with Student and Exchange Visitor Information System records showing 1,362,157 million F-1 and M-1 students living in the country — a 10.1 percent increase from the previous year and the highest since 2019, pre-pandemic levels. 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released its annual report analyzing data of F-1 and M-1 visa holders studying in the U.S. The 2021 “SEVIS by the Numbers” report utilized data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, allowing for a comparison of trends between this year and the last.

In 2022, a total of 70 percent of international students in the US hailed from 227 countries, predominantly from Asia, with China and India.

The report also revealed an increase in international student enrollment for 2021-22 across all regions of the United States, with California hosting the highest number of international students. 

Students pursued degrees and programs in a variety of areas, reflecting a trend towards diverse educational choices. The data offers insight into the origins of foreign students and their preferred study destinations. 

Chinese enrollment in U.S. universities fell in 2022, reversing a long-term trend of increasing international student numbers. Visa delays, unfriendly immigration policies, and growing global competition have prompted Chinese students to seek educational opportunities elsewhere, with countries like Canada, Singapore, and the U.K. experiencing an influx of Chinese students.

Chinese student enrollments decreased by 9 percent in the past academic year, with undergraduate and Optional Practical Training levels dropping 13 percent and 22 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, graduate-level Chinese student enrollment rose by 4 percent, according to Mirka Martel, director of research for the Institute of International Education.

Nathan Yasis

Nathan Yasis

Nathan studied information technology and secondary education in college. He dabbled in and taught creative writing and research to high school students for three years before settling in as a digital journalist.

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Nathan studied information technology and secondary education in college. He dabbled in and taught creative writing and research to high school students for three years before settling in as a digital journalist.

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