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There Are More International Students In The U.S. This Academic Year Than Ever Before

Students from China and Saudi Arabia led to the record number of foreign students studying in the U.S., according to the 2013 Open Doors Report.

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The number of international students in the U.S. reached a record high in 2012–13 with 819,644 foreign students pursuing higher education across the country. That's 55,000 more students than 2011–12, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report.

The highest number of foreign students in the U.S. are from China, followed by India, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Almost 50% of international students are from China, India, and South Korea.

The number of international students increased by 7% this year, with most of the growth fueled by students from China and Saudi Arabia. There were 235,597 Chinese students in the U.S. in 2012–13, a 21% increase from 2011–12.

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Students at a Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT) exam at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on Nov. 2, 2013.

There are almost 45,000 students from Saudi Arabia in the U.S., with a 30% increase this year compared with last. They are largely funded by the Saudi government scholarship program.

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