China is now the top country of origin for international students in the US.
16 November 2010
Number of Chinese students applying for a US Visa increases
The number of US Visas issued to Chinese students to study at US universities has increased by 30 per cent over last year, placing China as the top country of origin for international students.
The number of Chinese students increased from more than 98,000 in 2009 to nearly 128,000 in October 2010, according to the "2010 Open Doors Report" published on the US Embassy in China website.
Overall, the total number of international students with a US Visa to study at colleges and universities increased by 3 per cent to a record high of nearly 691,000 in the 2009/2010 academic year.
The 30 per cent increase in Chinese student enrolment was the main contributor to this year's growth, and now Chinese students account for more than 18 percent of the total international students.
Thomas Skipper, counselor for Public Affairs at the US. Embassy in Beijing, said, "The US remains the preferred destination for students from China who want to study abroad because of the quality and prestige associated with an American degree."
The American Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their ESTA application to the US Embassy.