Jun 27 2017 0

Top 10 US States With The Most International Students

The United States has fifty states and over one million international students. These students travel from all over the world to get the world-leading university education that the US is known for. So, where do the majority of these students live? Here is a list of the top 10 states with the most international students.


1. California

As of the 2015/2016 school year, California hosted around 150,000 international students. It is the home to many universities, like The University of California system and University of Southern California, that host a large number of international students.  


2. New York

New York is attributed with one of the most iconic representations of America, the Statue of Liberty. However, New York is also home to New York University, which has the highest number of international students at a single college, about 15,000. While the state cannot boast being the top destination it does have approximately 115,000 international students, despite being a much smaller state than California.


3. Texas

Texas is one of the biggest states in the US, so it is unsurprising that it would be home to a large number of international students, about 82,000. One of its colleges, The University of Texas at Dallas is ranked number 12 on the list of universities with the most international students having over 8,000 international students.


4. Massachusetts

Despite being one of the smallest states in the US, with only 6 states smaller, it is hosts almost 60,000 international students. Boston University and Northeastern University in Boston, are both located in one of the most historic US cities and attract many international students to the city.


5. Illinois

Over one-fifth of all Illinois 50,000 international students can be found in just one of its universities, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Some interesting facts about Illinois: most of it, about 80%, is farmland; the largest city in Illinois is Chicago, with about 2.7 million; and the second largest city is Aurora with about 200,000 in population.  


6. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is another one of America’s original 13 colonies/states. It was founded by William Penn and is not the home to a little over 48,000 international students. It is also the home to Penn State University and Carnegie Mellon University.


7. Florida

This is a state many people wish to go to, whether you are an international student or an American. While none of Florida’s universities make the list of 20 universities with the most international students, it is home to about 43,000 international students. That is quite a large number!


8. Ohio

Almost 38,000 international students call Ohio home and a large majority of them call Ohio State University their school. The largest city in Ohio is Columbus, which is where Ohio State is located. On an interesting note, is that 50% of America’s population can be found within a 500 mile radius of Columbus.


9. Michigan

Michigan is known for its automobile manufacturers and its city, Detroit, is known as the car capital of the world. It is also known for its nearly 34,000 international students. Nearly one-fourth of Michigan’s international student population can be found studying at Michigan State University and about another fourth can be found studying at University of Michigan.


10. Indiana

Indiana is set right in between Illinois and Ohio, just below Michigan, so it is no wonder it too has a large international population at about 30,000. Purdue University is home to one-third of Indiana’s international student population. Indiana University, another popular school for international students, has approximately 7,000 international students. These two universities host over half of Indiana’s international student population.


There are so many great cities and states for international students to choose one. Connect with us on UEMSConnect and tell us why you chose your school and what you think makes your university such a great place for international students.


By Ashleigh Cue

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