“SEVIS by the Numbers,” a quarterly report on international students studying in the United States, was released November 13, 2014, by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). SEVP monitors approximately one million international students pursuing academic or vocational studies (F and M visa holders) in the United States and their dependents. It also certifies schools and programs that enroll these students.
Based on data extracted from SEVIS, 1.11 million international students, using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa, were enrolled at nearly 9,000 U.S. schools. This marked a nine percent increase when compared to October 2013 data. Seventy-five percent of all international students were from Asia. The top 10 countries of citizenship for international students included: China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mexico and Brazil.
China and Vietnam had the greatest percentage increase in students studying in the United States at 22 and 21 percent, respectively, when compared to statistics extracted from SEVIS July 8. The University of Southern California, New York University, Columbia University, Purdue University and the University of Illinois ranked one through five among U.S. schools with the most international students.
Nearly 400,000 international students pursued STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) coursework in October, an increase of nearly 50,000 from July data. Sixty-nine percent of international students studying STEM fields were male. Eighty-five percent of international students studying STEM coursework were from Asia. More international students studied engineering than any other STEM field of study, with 27 percent of those engineering students coming from India.
The Full Report data was extracted from SEVIS Oct. 7.