Thursday, August 4, 2016

Infographic: A Breakdown of International Students in the U.S.

A Breakdown of International Students in the U.S.
By Kaitlin Ramby
World Education Services

In 2014-2015, there were 974,926 international students studying in the U.S. and this number has continued to grow each year. So where is this influx of international students coming from, and what subjects do they come to study in the U.S.? You’ll be able to find out this and more in the infographic below.

This infographic displays 2014-15 data from the International Institute of Education and

2010 data from The Brookings Institution.

As you can see, most international students who come to study in the U.S. are either from
China or India. What’s also interesting is that one in three international students studied in California, Texas, or New York. Something that’s important to note though, is that although those states saw the highest numbers of international students, it was smaller college towns in other states had the highest concentrations of international students.

For fields of study, business and management and engineering both took the lead, each making up 20.2 percent of the total, with mathematics and computer sciences and social sciences coming in third and fourth at 11.6 percent and 7.6 percent. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) takes up the greatest percentage, which you can read more about here.

You will also find that most of the international students who switched from F-1 (student) visas to H-1B (employment) visas were graduate students. This means that obtaining a graduate degree in the U.S. can certainly increase your chances of finding full-time work in the U.S.

Interested in learning more about being an international student in the United States? Read more articles on the WES Advisor blog.

What did you think of this infographic? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Kaitlin Ramby is the digital content producer for the WES Advisor team. An avid storyteller, Kaitlin is a writer of words and keeper of memes. She produces and manages a lot of the WES content and contributes to the overall content development and strategy. Kaitlin holds a bachelor’s in journalism, has lived in both France and Hong Kong, and thoroughly enjoys helping others fulfill their dreams of studying and working in the North America region.


  1. I am second year polytechnic in mechanical engineering. August2017 i want join undergraduate in mechanical. which University will be good in Canada.

  2. I am a graduate of Business Education, I am processing my admission in US for a Post graduate degree. Your info on high probability of getting a full-time job is very useful and keeps hope alive for me. Cheers!!!


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