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ERIC Number: ED510865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
Foreign Science and Engineering Students in the United States. InfoBrief. NSF 10-324
Burrelli, Joan
National Science Foundation
In 2008, about 568,000 foreign students (those holding temporary visas) studied at U.S. universities and colleges, 248,000 of them in science and engineering (S&E). There was an expectation that fall 2009 foreign enrollments might be negatively affected by the 2008-09 world financial crisis because of schools' restrictions on enrollment, declines in institutional funds available for graduate student financial support, and declines in the value of foreign home currencies compared to the U.S. dollar, as well as the price of education in the United States compared to other countries and the increased capacity for education in the home countries. A recent report from the Council of Graduate Schools showed no increase from fall 2008 to fall 2009 in first-time foreign graduate enrollment and only a slight increase in overall foreign graduate enrollment after several years of double-digit increases (CGS 2009). This InfoBrief addresses trends in foreign enrollment at all levels in S&E fields as well as in all fields in U.S. institutions of higher education through fall 2009. Using data from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), this InfoBrief examines changes in S&E enrollment by level, field, and country of origin from fall 2006 to fall 2009. (Contains 5 tables, 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics
Identifiers - Location: United States