First-Time Foreign Students in U.S. Increased by 8%

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First-time enrollment of international students at graduate schools in the United States grew 8 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to a study released last week. That is an increase over the 3 percent rise last year and the largest since 2006, when the number jumped 12 percent.

The study, by the Council of Graduate Schools, a Washington-based organization that promotes graduate education and research, said that the increase in first-time enrollment, generally the best predictor of graduate enrollment trends, was due largely to an increase in the number of Chinese students — up 21 percent compared with 2010.

This marks the sixth year in a row that China, which sends the most international graduate students to the United States, has reported double-digit growth. Significant increases were also reported from the Middle East and Turkey, whose first-time enrollment levels jumped 14 percent in 2011. First-time enrollment from India was up 2 percent, the first increase since 2007.

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