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Number Of International Students In The US Up Nearly 10 Percent In 2015

David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

The number of international students studying in the U.S. in 2015 is up 9 percent over 2014, Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed in a report Thursday.

The report, which compiled data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, found that 1.05 million foreign students are currently studying at different American universities and colleges.

Asia boasted the highest percent of international students coming in at around 76 percent. China has more international students studying in America than all the countries of Europe, South America and Africa combined.

The top 10 countries for producing international students in America were: China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mexico and Brazil. India had a 31.9 percent increase, while Vietnam had a 25.9 percent increase compared to August 2014 data. (RELATED: Why America Must Get And Keep Foreign Students)

The largest field of study for foreign students are majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, commonly called STEM fields. More than 400,000 foreign students study these majors, a 17.7 percent increase since 2014. Around 66 percent of foreign students studying in STEM fields are male.

The most popular STEM field was engineering, and India produced 29 percent of all foreign engineering students. Iranian students within the United States study STEM field majors at a rate of 77 percent, almost double that of China at 40 percent and slightly less than India at 81 percent.

The second most popular field of study is business, with around 200,000 foreign students studying in the field.

The University of Southern California, New York University, Columbia University, the University of Illinois and Purdue University were the top five most popular schools among foreign students, and 36 percent of all foreign students study at a school in the states of New York, Texas or California. (RELATED: New Report Reflects How Many Chinese Students Cheat The US College Admissions Process)

There are more male foreign students studying in America than females, with 55 percent of foreign students being male. Western Asia is represented by 77 percent of male students, while Eastern Europe sends the most women at 55 percent.