SEVIS by the Numbers: A Look at International Students in the U.S.

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Take a look at a report showing the number of international students in the United States, their countries of citizenship and what they are studying.

The information for this report was provided by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a web-based system that houses information about all international students, exchange visitors and their dependents who are in the country.

How many international and exchange students are in the U.S.?

  • As of April 1, almost 1.02 million international students on F or M visas were enrolled in nearly 9,000 U.S. schools. This is a two percent increase from January.
  • 75 percent of these students are from Asia, 29 percent from China.
  • Saudi Arabia represents 10 percent of these students
  • India represents eight percent

What are the top 10 countries of citizenship for international students?

  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam
  • Mexico
  • Brazil

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What are most international students studying?

  • The most popular area of study is related to business.
  • 67 percent of international students studying STEM fields are male.
  • 43 percent of STEM students study engineering.
  • 78 percent of students from India are studying a STEM field.
  • Only eight percent of students from Japan study a STEM field.
  • 28 percent of students in culinary and related programs come from South Korea and Mexico.
  • 25 percent of students studying in health professional related programs come from Canada and India.

Which U.S. states have the highest number of international students (F & M visas)?

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Which schools have the most international students (F & M visas)?

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To view the entire report, click here.

What is the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)?

SEVP is a program within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It is part of the National Security Investigations Division and acts as a bridge for government organizations that have an interest in information on nonimmigrants whose primary reason for coming to the U.S. is to be students. SEVP manages schools, nonimmigrants students in the F and M visa classifications and their dependents.

The Department of State manages Exchange Visitor Programs, nonimmigrant exchange visitors in the J visa classification and their dependents. Both SEVP and the Department of State use SEVIS to track and monitor schools, exchange visitiros, and F, M, and J nonimmigrants.

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