113.8 thousands F-1 visas were issued to (mainland) Chinese students in FY2010, a significant growth from 81.8 thousands of FY2009 and 56.3 thousands of FY2008. In addition, 27.7 thousands J-1 visas and 1.4 thousands M-1 visas were issued. F-1 visa is issued to full-time students; J-1 is issued to exchange students and scholars; M-1 is for short term visiting students.
Among Chinese students in the US, about 31% are undergraduate students and about 52% are graduate students. Chinese students is the largest group among foreign students in the US.
19 million students were enrolled in colleges in the US at the time, including part time students. Booming Chinese economy, housing price in particular, has made US education very affordable for many Chinese families. For example, a typical apartment in Beijing worth about $1 million, and most city residents had acquired their resident 10 years ago while they were dirty cheap. Many had multiple houses as investment. It is expected that 300 million more farmers will rush to cities in next few years, thus continuously pushing the housing market to new high.