When I first arrived in the U.S. for college, in 1999, I was one of roughly half a million international students. The number stagnated for the next six to seven years in the wake of 9/11, but then picked up again at great speed. Today, over a million international students — 1,078,822 to be exact — are attending U.S. colleges and universities. This represents a 3.4 percent increase over 2016 and a two-fold increase over the last decade, according to the latest Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education (IIE). This increase has been driven in part by Chinese and Indian students, who make up half of all international students in the U.S., and whose numbers have grown by 6.8 percent and 12.3 percent, respectively, since last year.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.gyandhan.com/blogs/surge-of-international-students-generates-exponential-impact-on-us