A joint research paper entitled “REPORT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHINESE STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD (2014)” ( 2014 中国留学发展报告 ) published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the Center for China & Globalization (CCG) – two prestigious organizations with significant influence in Chinese society – found that there were more than 30,000 Chinese students studying at U.S. high schools in 2013. This is 60 times the number just one decade ago. Canada leads the world hosting 32% of Chinese high school students followed by the U.S., Australia, and the U.K.
The research asserts that the overall number of international students studying in colleges worldwide has more than doubled from 2,087,702 in 2000 to 4,528 044 in 12 years as of 2012. This suggests that the international college student growth rate far exceeds domestic college student growth rate anywhere in the world.
International college students comprise roughly 2% of the total world number with some countries attracting larger numbers than others. For example, Australia’s international college students populous comprises 18% of its total college student numbers, with the UK at 17%.
The percentage of international students studying in the five most popular study-abroad destinations is decreasing. These destinations include the US, UK, France, Australia, and Germany. The reason being, according to this report, is the now wide diversity and selection of countries providing quality educational opportunities. This report also notes that the percentage of students to this region continued to drop in from 55% in 2000 to 48% in 2012. It’s also interesting to note that In 2000 the United States hosted 23% of world international students, and that in 2012 this percentage dropped to 16%.
(to be continued…)
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