Taiwan students in US increase for 5th consecutive year: AIT

Taiwan No.7 source of foreign students in the US

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/11/17
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Royce Hall at the University of California in Los Angeles  (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The number of Taiwanese studying in the United States has increased for five years running, according to the 2020 Open Doors Report mentioned by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Tuesday (Nov. 17).

During the 2019-2020 academic year, a total of 23,724 Taiwanese students were enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities, or 1.5 percent more than the previous year. Taiwan was listed as the seventh largest source of foreign students in the U.S. for the sixth consecutive year, behind China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Vietnam.

The proportion of graduate students from Taiwan fell slightly, by 0.4 percent to 39.3 percent of all Taiwanese students in the U.S. The number of undergraduates went up by 1.7 percent to reach 31 percent.

The report noted much more significant shifts in the proportion of Taiwanese students attending Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs, rising 7.9 percent to reach 23.2 percent, and in those enrolled in non-degree programs, plunging 8.3 percent to 6.4 percent.    [FULL  STORY]

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