The total number of international students on F-1 (academic) or M-1 (vocational) visas as of July 2015 was 1,054,505, SEVP said in the Sevis by the Numbers report. The figure represented a 6.9 per cent decrease from the February 2015 total, but was a nine per cent rise compared with the same period in 2014.
There was also a 22 per cent increase to 244,766 international student participants in the J-1 visa exchange program in the last quarter, which covers areas such as summer work travel and short-term secondary school study.
China, the largest source country, provided 301,532 students as of July, around 30,000 more than at the same period last year. India was the only major Asian source market to register growth over the first quarter of 2015, with a 2.5 per cent rise to 149,987, and had the highest year-on-year increase at 31.9 per cent. Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada completed the top five source markets.
California was again the largest host state with 178,740 international students, followed by New York (120,161) and Texas (78,354). The three states combined accounted for 36 per cent of the country’s international students in the last quarter. With 11,891 international students, the University of Southern California was the largest host campus.
The full Sevis by the Numbers report is available here.