China remains by far the largest source country for foreign students coming to the US for higher education, China Daily cited a new report from the Brookings Institution as showing.
From 2008 to 2012, more than 1.1 million foreign students attended school in the US, and China comprised the largest portion of that group, with 285,000 students entering the US with F-1 student visas, according to the report.
“Chinese students are coming to the US to study in fields that are highly sought out, and to get the skills to compete in this global economy,” Neil G. Ruiz, an associate fellow at the Brookings, who wrote the new study, told China Daily.
“A lot of foreign students are coming from the newly-emerging cities in China, like Nanjing, Guangzhou, Wuhan, etc… Beijing and Shanghai are not the only cities that the students are coming from,” Ruiz was quoted as saying.
During 2008-12, foreign students overall are said to have contributed more than US$21 billion in tuition and close to US$13 billion in living costs to the American economy.
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