The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is reporting that the number of applications from prospective international students to U.S. graduate schools increased in 2011 for the sixth consecutive year; the 9% growth matches the gain in 2010.
The initial snapshot of graduate applications for fall 2011, released today, shows a sixth successive year of double-digit growth in applications from China, up 18%, after a 20% gain in 2010. Applications from India and South Korea showed renewed growth this year; there was a 2% increase in applications from South Korean students compared to no growth last year, and a 7% growth in applications from India after a 1% gain in 2010.
China, India, and South Korea are the three largest countries of origin for international graduate students in the U.S.The Middle East and Turkey saw an increase of 12% in 2011 which is lower than the previous year’s growth rate of 20%. About three-quarters (72%) of institutions reported an increase in applications over last year,with an average increase of 11% at these institutions. The remaining institutions reported a decrease, averaging 9%.“This year’s growth in applications from all four of the countries and regions we survey is a positive sign,” said CGS President Debra W. Stewart. “The data show that U.S. graduate schools continue to be highly attractive to international students. Yet it would be unwise to take our current position for granted, since international students have a growing number of choices in the global education marketplace.” she added.