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Number of International Students Attending American Colleges and Universities Continues Rising

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From VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report in Special English.
 
A new report says more and more international students are attending colleges and universities in the United States. It also notes a large increase in the number of international students from China.
 
These findings are from the latest edition of the Open Doors Report. The report is a joint project of the State Department and the Institute of International Education, a non-profit educational and training organization. 
 
The report documents the record number of international students in the United States during the twenty-eleven, twenty-twelve school year. It says more than seven hundred sixty-four thousand four-hundred such students were attending American colleges and universities during that period. That represents an increase of almost six percent compared to one year earlier. 
 
By comparison, the number of Americans studying overseas increased by one percent.
 
The report says one hundred ninety-four thousand students at American colleges and universities were from China. That is an increase of more than twenty-three percent over the year before.
 
Peggy Blumenthal is an aide to the president of the Institute of International Education. She described the effect of the increase in Chinese students.
 
“Now they have been coming for some time. But this year was the highest level ever, and it really showed in the figures, driving the whole global, international undergraduate enrollment to be higher than the graduate students.” 
 
She says many Chinese families are able to pay for the highest-quality education for their children. The children mainly choose to study in America.
 
“We know many of them have enough income to be able to afford to send them anywhere in the world that they want to go. And for the most part, looking around the world, Chinese students still prefer to come to the United States as their destination of choice.”
 
Chinese students are not the only ones who want to attend American colleges and universities. After China, India sends the second largest number of students to the United States for higher education. India has about one hundred thousand students in American schools. South Korea is third with about seventy two thousand students.
 
Why do so many foreign students study in the United States? Peggy Blumenthal provides one reason.
 
“The advantage America has is that we have a huge system and a very diverse system. So there are over four thousand universities and colleges in the United States, and what that tells us is there is still a lot of room to host international students.” 
 
Foreign students represent less than four percent of the total student population in American higher education. Ms. Blumenthal says this means there is still a lot of room for international students.
 
And from Learning English, that’s the VOA Special English Education Report. I’m Bob Doughty.
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by: Meran from: Kurdistan
11/27/2012 8:49 AM
after greeting for VOA learning English, i think it is normal for USA, because it is a big Country and it is number One Country in all Sector's in the world USA really it is a Great Country, and it have a peak of invitation in this country love you USA


by: Mee from: Thailand
11/26/2012 3:37 AM
I think that the Chinese students want experience of America,
For return to the economic development of China and the target of the number one world's economy.


by: Mohamed Ahmed (Kissme) from: Somalia-Mogadishu
11/24/2012 12:59 PM
be greeting all the workers of VOA special English program, after greeting i would like to learn English but it couldn't to leran english and i graduated a university which is called Mogadishu University so tell me the rules which i can learn this language since i like learning English language and i hope to go USA so as to learn English


by: zubair from: pakistan
11/22/2012 5:46 PM
yes its reailty many people want to go america for their education not only from china from all of the world people want to go america for their education


by: Cuong Nguyen from: VietNam
11/18/2012 3:20 PM
In the last report that mainly visitors in Paris come from China so I am not surprise that the Chinese students in American collegue and Universities are increasing.


by: winny from: vietnam
11/17/2012 2:45 PM
American education system may be the highest education in the world. In my country, students who study in United States come back my country, they will be respected by everyone. Their knowledge is so much, their skill is better but importantly they can work better than other. Look at our education system, each year has thousands students graduate, but when they look for job, they can not do it. Surely, in my university, we are educated many thing, we have to study so much but i ask myself what i need, i see that some thing i need but i can't study in my university. i hope that a chance can bring me to United States. I want to discover the highest education.

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by: Gin from: vietnam
11/19/2012 2:59 AM
I agree with u, at present i graduated from university but i could seeking for a job because i lack many skills. So i learn English every day hope that i can find a sholarship in America. I can do it.

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by: winny from: vietnam
11/25/2012 1:34 AM
I believe you can do it because you are Vietnamese. I hope I can meet you in America.hi. Good luck!

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by: Piotr from: Warsaw (Warszawa, Polska)
11/19/2012 10:49 PM
I would like to point out two issues: level of education and a measurement of good.
Firstly, I do not agree with comments stating Amercia educational level is high. Why? When comparing with Polish classes, American primary schools do not teach as much as in Poland. There is much more material which Polish students have to overcome, learn and acquire during the school in comparison with their counterparts in the US. There are also homeworks, which, as far as I know are not given by teachers in the US.
In my humble opinion, there is no need in evaluating which countries have better professionalists or are more educated. Of course these things matter.

What really distinguish greatness among other is the size of heart, its volume. The most important is hidden beyond what is visible.

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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
11/21/2012 1:38 PM
I agree the greatness of mankind is not measured only by the quality and quantity of knowledge but by the characteristics of generous heart and virtue as a humanitarian. I suppose what some vietnamese as well as part of other countries' young people concern about is jobless conditions due to the dissociations between what they learned in universities and what they are needed by companies. I don't think learning English and high technology from the U.S. is not always help the foreign young get some jobs because what their home countries require to workers is different fron U.S. depending on their political and economical system reflecting their own culture and history. It's very hard to change the social system from socialism or communism to capitalism. It's also hard to say conclusively which system is better because there are a lot of jobless people in the U.S., too.


by: Thu Trang from: Vietnam
11/17/2012 11:12 AM
Today, people can earn so much money. They have more opportunities for providing their children good education. Besides, American is good place for study new things.


by: Shige from: Japan
11/16/2012 1:13 AM
I think there are two reasons many Chinese families can pay for the highest-quality education. First, Chinese economy has became better than before. Second, Chinese government has been doing one-child policy since 1980. Because of its, they can pay much money for education.

But, Chinese people must be enthusiastic regardless of money.


by: Karen from: Brasil
11/16/2012 12:15 AM
I am studying English and I enjoyed the report so much.The way you write the article is very easy to understant the subject.
For this reason I always access the VOA English. Congratulations!


by: Lyric from: Taiwan
11/15/2012 6:39 AM
I am a Taiwanese and I am a Mam of a 9 years old girl. I do plan send her to U.S.for higher education. I agree with the better chance to learn something new such as better personality, stronger confidence, English progress, greater point of viewing of the world, variority of lesson and bigger freedom of picking subject to study. For the knowledge that I know doctor and layer are most Eastern people choose for their career at college or University but in U.S. student choose the major for there interesting and personality. That is the most important reason for a parents decides to sent their kids to U.S.. China, India and south Korea have become richest country in Asia. Their G.D.P are highest three of Asia area. The more money they have the more chances they can take.

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