University of Southern California announced that over four thousand Chinese students were studying on their campus, based on Fall 2013 enrollment. Among which, 3,600 are from mainland China, 400 are from Taiwan, and 125 are from Hong Kong. The total number of international student population at USC is 8,500.
On the other end of the pipeline, around 7,000 Chinese obtained long term employment based visa through H1B in 2013. The total number of post-secondary Chinese students in the US exceeds 287,260 in 2013-2014 academic year (USICE). This number has doubled in five years from 128,000 since 2009-2010 academic year. The great majority of those who wish to stay in the US will have to explore options beyond high tech workers project.
According to Study Abroad Trend Report released by China Education Online, 103,427 Chinese students went to US for education. Among whom, 43.9% attended graduate schools, while 39.8% attended undergrad colleges. 23,795 Chinese students attended high schools, which reflected an increase of 366 times in eight years.
The most popular areas of study for Chinese students in the US are: Business (29%), Engineering (19.2%), Math and Computer Science (11.2%) and Social Sciences (8.2%). In the US, international students represent 3.9% of total students enrollment in the US in 2012 (OpenDoors Report).
One notable change in Chinese studying abroad is the emerging of 'international classes' in first tier cities in China. A conservative estimate put the total enrollment around 50,000 at this time. There are over 100 international classes in Beijing and about 50 in Shanghai, and various number of such classes all across China. High school students in these classes are prepared for going overseas rather than taking the National College Entrance Examination in China. They study for TOEFL, SAT, ACT, and science and humanity classes in English.
A study conducted by Xiaojie Li found the most important factors to draw Chinese students are academic quality and safety, which were followed by employment opportunities in the US after graduation. It is as interesting and important to find their school choices were not greatly influenced by the size of existing Chinese students population nor collaborative programs between the US institution and their Chinese alma mater.
Globally, Chinese students represented the top foreign students population in US, UK, Australia, Canada and Japan.
|School||Enrollment Mainland China||Year of Data||US News 2014|
|University of Pennsylvania||104||2012||7-National|
|University of California--Berkeley||1568||2013||20-National (2014)|
|University of Vriginia||828||2013||23-National|
|University of Southern California||3,038||2013||23-National|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||1,470||2013||36-National|
|Pennsylvania State University||2,375||2012||37-National|
|University of Illinois Urbana-Champion||4,512||2013||41-National|
|University of Miami||976||2013||47-National|
|University of Texas--Austin||596||2008||52-National|
|University of Maryland--College Park||1,912||2012||62-National|
|University of Pittsburgh||1,387||2013||62-National|
|Texas A&M University||1,688||2013||69-National|
|University of Iowa||2,062||2012||72-National|
|Michigan State University||4,419||2013||73-National|
|Stony Brook University--SUNY||1,827||2013||82-National|
|University of Denver||733||2013||91-National|
|Iowa State University||1,917||2013||101-National|
|University of Kansas||190||2006||101-National|
|University of Arkansas||211||2013||128-National|
|Kansas State University||981||2013||135-National|
|Arizona State University||2,497||2013||142-National|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||171||2013||167-National|
|Northern Illinois University||104||2011||177-National|
|Western Michigan University||268||2013||181-National|
|University of Houston||686||2010||190-National|
|North Dakota State University||266||2013||190-National|
|Central Michigan University||259||2013||190-National|
|Georgia State University||465||2013||RNP-National|
|East Tennessee State University||119||2012||RNP-National|
|Wichita State University||156||2011||RNP-National|
|University of North Texas||381||2013||RNP-National|
|Portland State University||299||2011||RNP-National|
|Amherst College||28||2012||2-Liberal Arts|
|Swarthmore College||22||2012||3-Liberal Arts|
|Bowdoin College||20||2013||4-Liberal Arts|
|Claremont McKenna College||13||2010||9-Liberal Arts|
|Bucknell University||50||2012||32-Liberal Arts|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||406||2013||7-North|
|Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania||15||2009||95-North|
|Weber State University||79||2013||80-West|
|University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire||89||2012||30-Midwest|
|University of Nebraska--Kearney||115||2013||48-Midwest|
|University of North Carolina--Pembroke||69||2009||80-South|
|University of Houston--Clear Lake||100||2003||UR|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore||53||2005||UR|
Numbers are cited from publicly available reports. Many universities with high Chinese students representation do not publish by-country enrollment data. For example, there are over 1,000 Chinese students on the main campus of Johns Hopkins University, among its 8,000 total students population. JHU is not listed in the above table because we do not have an exact official number. Similar situations include Duke University and most colleges and universities in the Boston area.