Majority of International Students in U.S. High Schools Come From China, Study Shows

A new study reveals that most international high school students come from Asian countries with the majority of them originating from China.

The Institute of International Education showed that the top countries sending students to American high schools are China, South Korea and Vietnam.

There is clearly a bigger emphasis on the volume of high school pupils coming from China, since it’s reported that 2 in 5 international students are Chinese. According to NBC, Chinese students have always had an interest in seeking education in America, except that nowadays they’re starting at an even younger age.

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IIE Director Rajika Bhandari explained that Chinese international students are coming to America early in order to “become acquainted with the U.S. academic and social culture before they actually arrive on the U.S. college campus” and better refine their English skills.

The new study also mentioned that a whopping 78% of international students who come to the U.S. are all from Asia and a majority of them opted to enroll in private schools.

While one might see the rising number of Asian international students as a cause for concern, this is actually not the case.

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Bhandari explained that the increase in international students actually benefits the U.S. as much as the students benefit from the country. The director explains that the significance of international students in America is “laying the groundwork” for “stronger economic and diplomatic ties” between the U.S. and the students’ country of origin.

Bhandari also encouraged schools in the U.S. to further diversify their pool of international students, saying:

“Institutions need to still diversify their recruitment efforts to make sure that they’re drawing from a pool of more diverse international applicants.”

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