According to the 2014 Open Doors report, Thailand now ranks 20th among countries sending university students to the United States. The number of Thai students currently enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education is 7,341.
In 2013/2014, the number of international students in the U.S. increased by seven percent to a record high of 886,052. The top five U.S. States that host international students are California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts and Illinois. The most popular fields of study are Business and Management, Engineering, and Math/Computer Science.
California is by far the most popular state with Thai students with 1,343 students. After California, Thai students prefer New York, Massachusetts, Texas and Illinois.
The top receiving institutions for Thais doing undergraduate programs are the University of Washington (WA), Houston Community College System (TX), City College of San Francisco (CA), University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign (IL) and Academy of Art University (CA).
The top five most popular institutions for Thais doing graduate studies in the US are the Academy of Art University (CA), Northeastern University (MA)., University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI), University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign (IL) and New York University (NY)
Forty-six percent of all Thais studying in the US are studying at the graduate level. Thirty-seven percent are enrolled in undergraduate programs. Eight percent are listed as non-degree programs, while nine percent are there on Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Open Doors 2014 is an annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
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