California schools enroll more than 200,000 foreign students this year

California schools enroll more than 200,000 foreign students this year

The number of foreign students studying at public, private and community colleges in California jumped more than 100 per cent from 2006 to 2016, fresh federal stats show.

In March this year, California schools enrolled nearly 205,000 foreign students. The figure represents a more than cent per cent increase from 99,000 in 2006. Data released by the U.S. Department of State also showed that nearly 75 per cent of those foreign students got enrolled in public or private colleges.

That translates to nearly 5 student visas per 1,000 California residents. Merely four other states, viz. Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island and New York, recorded a higher ratio of student visas. Like California, most of these states have strong educational infrastructure for foreign students.

In the Golden State, the University of Southern California enrolled the maximum number of foreign students in 2014, nearly 10,000 or roughly a quarter of the student body. Next in line were UC Los Angels and UC Berkeley, each of which had more than 6,000 foreign students in 2014.

The stats indicate that the trend of learning abroad at prestigious American universities has gained more popularity among foreign students worldwide. More than 80 per cent of international students studying in California are from Asian countries.