WASHINGTON: “SEVIS by the Numbers,” a quarterly report on international students studying in the United States, was released Thursday by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The report includes the latest data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a Web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States.
Based on data extracted from SEVIS Octobere 7, 1.11 million international students, using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa, were enrolled at nearly 9,000 U.S. schools. This marked a nine percent increase when compared to October 2013 data.
Seventy-five percent of all international students were from Asia. The top 10 countries of citizenship for international students included: China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mexico and Brazil.
China and Vietnam had the greatest percentage increase in students studying in the United States at 22 and 21 percent, respectively, when compared to statistics extracted from SEVIS July 8. The University of Southern California, New York University, Columbia University, Purdue University and the University of Illinois ranked one through five among U.S. schools with the most international students.
Nearly 400,000 international students pursued STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) coursework in October, an increase of nearly 50,000 from July data. Sixty-nine percent of international students studying STEM fields were male. Eighty-five percent of international students studying STEM coursework were from Asia. More international students studied engineering than any other STEM field of study, with 27 percent of those engineering students coming from India.
The October report includes a special section about international students from India. As of October 7, there were 134,292 Indian students studying in the United States. This marked a 28 percent increase since October 2013. The majority of these students studied in California, Texas, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts, and 73 percent of Indian students were enrolled in master’s degree programs. Seventy-nine percent of students from India studied STEM coursework, comprising 26 percent of the total international student population pursuing STEM coursework in the United States.
Other key points from the report include: 77 percent of SEVP-certified schools had between zero and 50 international students; 73 percent of international students were enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programs; and California, New York and Florida had the most SEVP-certified schools. A school must be SEVP-certified before it can enroll international students.
SEVP monitors approximately one million international students pursuing academic or vocational studies (F and M visa holders) in the United States and their dependents. It also certifies schools and programs that enroll these students. The U.S. Department of State monitors exchange visitors (J visa holders) and their dependents, and oversees exchange visitor programs.
Both use SEVIS to protect national security by ensuring that students, visitors and schools comply with U.S. laws. SEVP also collects and shares SEVIS information with government partners, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, so only legitimate international students and exchange visitors gain entry into the United States.
HSI reviews potential SEVIS records for potential violations and refers cases with potential national security or public safety concerns to its field offices for further investigation. Additionally, SEVP’s Analysis and Operations Center reviews student and school records for administrative compliance with federal regulations related to studying in the United States.
Learn more about SEVP at www.ICE.gov/SEVP