According to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange report, the number of international students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities increased by 7% to a record high of 819,644 students, including 16,098 Vietnamese students in the 2012/13 academic year.  While enrollments for five of the top ten countries declined, including India, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Turkey, Vietnam experienced a modest increase of 3.4% from 15,572 to 16,098, remaining in 8th place.  The top ten countries and numbers of students are as follows:

 

TOP 10 PLACES OF ORIGIN

Rank

Place of Origin

2011/12

2012/13

2012/13  % of Total

% Change

 

WORLD   TOTAL

764,495

819,644

100

7.2

1

China

194,029

235,597

28.7

21.4

2

India

100,270

96,754

11.8

-3.5

3

South Korea

72,295

70,627

8.6

-2.3

4

Saudi Arabia

34,139

44,566

5.4

30.5

5

Canada

26,821

27,357

3.3

2

6

Taiwan

23,250

21,867

2.7

-5.9

7

Japan

19,966

19,568

2.4

-2

8

Vietnam

15,572

16,098

2

3.4

9

Mexico

13,893

14,199

1.7

2.2

10

Turkey

11,973

11,278

1.4

-5.8

The 2012/13 academic level breakdown was as follows:

70.7% undergraduate

17.3% graduate students

5.3% other

6.7% OPT (Optional Practical Training)

Below is a list of fields of study by percentage.  There was a slight decrease in the percentage of students enrolled in business/management fields, which I consider an encouraging sign. 

 

 

Subject

Percentage

1

Business/Management

38.1%

2

Undeclared

10.2%

3

Engineering

9.9%

4

Math/Computer Science

7.5%

5

Physical/Life Sciences

7.3%

6

Other

7.2%

7

Social Sciences

5.1%

8

Intensive English

4.6%

9

Health Professions

4.3%

10

Fine/Applied Arts

3.5%

11

Humanities

1.2%

12

Education

1.1%