Broadcast December 26, 2002
This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
We continue our series of reports about how foreign students
can study at an American college or university. This information
also can be found on the Special English Web page at w-w-w dot
voaspecialenglish dot com.
Every year, the Institute of International Education publishes
a report about foreign students who are studying in the United
States. The report this year is called ¡°Open Doors,
The report gives information about the school year that began
in September of last year and ended in May of this year. It
says more than five-hundred-eighty-thousand international students
attended American colleges and universities during that time.
This was the largest number of international students ever.
The University of Southern California at Los Angeles reported
the largest number of foreign students. More than five-thousand-nine-hundred
foreign students attended U-S-C last year. New York University
had the second largest number of students, about five-thousand-five-hundred.
The report says the state of California had the most foreign
students, with about seventy-eight-thousand living there last
year. New York state was next, with about sixty-two-thousand
foreign students. Texas was third, with more than forty-four-thousand
India sent the most foreign students to the United States last
year. More than sixty-six-thousand students from India attended
American schools. China sent the next highest number of students,
more than sixty-three-thousand. South Korea was third, with
forty-nine-thousand students. Japan was fourth, with more than
The report says the most popular subjects of study for international
students in the United States last year were business and management.
Twenty percent of all foreign students were studying those subjects.
Fifteen percent studied engineering. Thirteen percent studied
mathematics and computer science.
The report contains much more information than we have time
to provide here. You can get details by using a computer to
go to the Institute of International Education Web site. That
address is w-w-w dot i-i-e dot o-r-g. (www.iie.org)
This V-O-A Special English Education Report
was written by Nancy Steinbach, courtesy of VOAnews.com