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Saudi students in the US soars 22%

At nearly 54,000, the kingdom is the fourth highest exporter of students to the US

Saudi students in the US soars 22%
People walk on the Columbia University campus in New York City. (Getty Images)

The number of Saudi students studying in the US rose by 21 percent to nearly 54,000 last year, making it the fourth largest student exporter to the US, according to new data.

There were 886,052 foreigners enrolled in US higher education in the 2013-2014 school year, according to the Institute of International Education and the State Department, and increase of 7.4 percent year-on-year.

The largest bloc of students came from China, who make up 31 percent and rose 17 percent to about 274,000, the Washington Post reported.

Saudi saw the second highest growth, up 21 percent since last year. The kingdom ranked fourth overall, with India and South Korea taking second and third places.

“International education is crucial to building relationships between people and communities in the United States and around the world,” Evan M. Ryan, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, was quoted as saying.

“It is through these relationships that together we can solve global challenges like climate change, the spread of pandemic disease, and combating violent extremism.”

The most popular institutes for overseas students are New York University, the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, Purdue University, the University of California at Los Angeles, Northeastern University, Arizona State University, Michigan State University and the University of Washington.

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