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Brazilians, Iranians Flock to US to Study

By    |   Monday, 17 Nov 2014 12:59 PM

The makeup of the 886,000 foreign students currently studying in U.S. colleges and universities gradually is changing from its traditional China-India-Korea monopoly to growth in the number of students from Brazil and, of all places, Iran.

Despite the bad relations between Iran and the U.S., Iranian college students increasingly are choosing to do their education in U.S. institutions, an increase of 17 percent over the previous year, to a total of 10,194 Iranian students, Quartz reports, with 81 percent of them in a graduate program.

"There are many connections between education in Iran and the U.S. — Iran puts a premium on postgraduate education, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has more U.S-educated Ph.D.s in his cabinet than U.S. President Barack Obama does. That may explain why there is consistent growth in Iranian students coming to the U.S. — in 2013-2014, 81% of the students from Iran were in graduate programs," Quartz explained.

The number of Brazilian students studying in the U.S. grew 22 percent in the past year, Yahoo News notes.

In all, 13,286 Brazilian students are studying in the U.S. in the 2013-2014 school year, with 38.3 percent in undergraduate and 23.5 percent in graduate programs.

The data comes from the Institute of International Education (IIE), where Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice president, explained to Quartz that the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, launched in 2011, is largely responsible for funding scholarships for Brazilian students to study in the U.S., building the Brazilian workforce education level which, Bhandari said, is "critical to their national development."

As for Iran, Allan E. Goodman, CEO of IIE, told U.S. News & World Report, "Everybody's grandfather in Iran got their Ph.D. or master's degree in America. We were the most popular place for Iranian students to go traditionally and that memory and that respect for American education has not faded with the revolution and the events that have taken place."

Oil money helped the number of Kuwaiti students in the U.S. grow by 42.5 percent in the last two years, although there are only 7,288 Kuwaiti students currently studying. The government's scholarship program recently expanded to include the U.S. Saudi Arabia saw a similar increase after 2005, when the King Abdullah scholarship program began, and today, 53,919 Saudi students make up about 6 percent of all international students in the U.S., Quartz reports.

The IIE reports that Chinese students make up the bulk of international students, at 31 percent or 274,439 students, followed by India, at 12 percent with 102,673 and South Korea, with 68,047 students, or about 8 percent of the total.

The majority of the students are here to study STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) curricula, as well as business.

Yahoo News notes that it is profitable business for the U.S. with $27 billion coming into the U.S. economy last year from international students, an increase of $3 billion over the 2012-2013 academic year.

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