Source / Courtesy: China Daily
There are more Chinese college students studying in the US than from any other country for the 2010-2011 academic year. China also remains one of the hottest destinations for American students studying abroad, ranking No 1 among Asian countries.
The Institute of International Education and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs released their annual Open Doors report on Monday.
Chinese student enrollment in the US rose to 157,558, nearly 22 percent of the total international student population, making China the leading sending country for the second consecutive year, followed by India (103,895), South Korea (73,351) and Canada (27,546), according to the report.
China sent 23 percent more students to the US compared to the previous academic year.
The annual report also proves there is a strong surge of interest by American students to study in China during the past decade, with nearly 14,000 American students in China in 2009-2010 compared to fewer than 3,000 in 1999-2000.
“The continuous and increasing interest for students from the US and China to study in the two countries reflected an equal effort made by both governments to host students from each other’s countries,” said Peggy Blumenthal, senior counselor at the Institute of International Education, a non-profit organization.