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International Student Resources

Applying as an international student to a US university can be pretty daunting. Instead of simply focusing on merely academic qualifications, colleges tend to look at candidates holistically; extracurriculars, letters of recommendation and essays are equally important components of an admissions application. Keep reading to learn about how to overcome the unique challenges that foreign students face when applying to US colleges.

In the 2019-2020 school year, nearly 1.1 million international students came to study in the US. US colleges and universities take pride in welcoming students from all over the world to their campuses.

Top 10 Countries of Origin for International Students 

Country

# of Students (2020-2021)

# of Students (2019-2020)

% Change from Pre-Pandemic Level

China

317,299

372,532

-14.8%

India

167,582

193,124

-13.2%

South Korea

39,491

49,809

-20.7%

Canada

25,143

25,992

-3.3%

Saudi Arabia

21,933

30,957

-29.2%

Vietnam

21,631

23,777

-9.0%

Taiwan

19,673

23,724

-17.1%

Brazil

14,000

16,671

-16.0%

Mexico

12,986

14,348

-9.5%

Nigeria

12,860

13,762

-6.6%

Singaporean Students

Almost every top university in the U.S. will require Singaporean applicants to complete the GCE A Level Exams or the IB Diploma as an equivalent to the U.S. high school diploma.

Chinese Students

Over 350,000 students come to the U.S. every year from China to study at American universities, so you might have heard of this compelling option!

UK Students

Whether it’s Harvard, Stanford, or UCLA, U.S.-based colleges and universities offer qualified British applicants vibrant opportunities to expand their worldviews within some of the most robust learning infrastructures in the world.

Saudi Arabian Students

Saudi students who are looking to apply to colleges and universities in the United States may quickly realize that the education system at home may look different from the one American students are used to in the United States.

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