US colleges attract China students

More than 800,000 international students took classes at US colleges and universities last year, a record high fuelled largely by an influx of young scholars from China, US data released yesterday showed. That is a seven per cent increase – or 55,000 students – from the 2011 academic year, according to annual findings from the Institute of International Education and the US Department of State’s annual “Open Doors” report. Much of the growth was driven by undergraduates from China, which already sends the most students to the United States, officials said. The number of students from Saudi Arabia also grew.