Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Top 10 States Hosting International Students: No. 1, California

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

Considering the technological innovations born out of Silicon Valley and the bustling city of Los Angeles, it’s not much of a surprise that so many international students choose to study in California. Running along the west coast with a climate that varies widely across the state, California boasts attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, national parks like Yosemite and Redwood, beautiful beaches, and activities from biking through the mountains to visiting Hollywood.

In 2014, California saw a total of 121,647 international students, a 9.2 percent rise from 2013. The University of Southern California, or USC, had the greatest number of international students in 2014 with 10,932, followed by the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), UC-Berkeley, Academy of the Art University in San Francisco, and UC-San Diego.

USC in particular is known for having one of the most diverse student populations in the country. In 2014, the school ranked No. 2 after New York University for the greatest number of international students enrolled, and the school experienced an 11.1 percent increase in 2014. UCLA, not following too far behind, ranked No. 6.

California is also one of the most diverse states geographically – from mountain ranges to valleys – so you can definitely participate in different athletic activities, whether it’s hiking or surfing along the coast. As you travel north, the temperatures become cooler and the terrain becomes more mountainous. You can also find an interesting variety of forests and state parks throughout the state that make for great weekend trips.

With such a diverse population, you are guaranteed to learn a lot about other cultures in California. So, where do these international students come from? Thirty-two percent of the international students in California are from China, 10 percent from South Korea, 8.9 percent from India, 4.5 percent from Saudi Arabia and 4.2 percent from Japan.

Though the cost of living is relatively high in California, many international students say that its diverse population and activities make living there worth it.

That wraps our series on the top 10 U.S. states hosting international students! Check out the complete list below and our data-driven posts about each place.

The Top 10 States Hosting International Students (2013-2014)

1. California
2. New York
3. Texas
8. Ohio
10. Indiana

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