Nearly 40 percent of international students offered enrollment at U.S. graduate programs this fall came from China, according to a new report by the Council of Graduate schools.
The number of Chinese graduate students invited to study in the United States jumped 20 percent in 2012, according to the just-released report. “This is the seventh consecutive year of double-digit growth in applications from China,” the report said.
There was an increase of 17 percent of offers of admission for graduate students from the Middle East, while the percentage of those from India and South Korea remained the same from the previous year. Graduate admissions of students from Taiwan declined 4 percent.
The majority of international graduate students are enrolled in three broad fields: engineering, physical and earth sciences and business. Business programs saw the largest spike in foreign students, a 21 percent jump and nearly twice the gain the field experienced last year.
The report is based on a survey of 265 institutions. In all, there were 62,058 first-time international graduate enrollees this fall, an 8 percent increase from last year, survey respondents said.
“The United States remains a destination of choice for prospective international graduate students,” the report said.