Seoul Tops List of Homes of Foreign Students in U.S.

Seoul sends the most students to American universities of all cities outside of the U.S., a report shows.

The Brookings Institution released the report titled "The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations" on Friday.

Based on analysis of F-1 visa holders, it found that 56,503 students from Seoul entered the U.S. from 2008 to 2012, accounting for a whopping 4.9 percent of all foreign students in the U.S. from 94 countries.

Beijing came second with 49,946 or 4.3 percent, and Shanghai third with 29,145 or 2.5 percent. Hyderabad in India was fourth with 26,220 or 2.3 percent, and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia ranked fifth with 18,361 or 1.5 percent.

The students mostly studied in large cities in the U.S., with New York hosting the greatest number with 101,586. Los Angeles came second with 68,271, followed by Boston with 53,486 and San Francisco with 37,610.

The University of Southern California had the greatest number of foreign students with 13,996, followed by Columbia University with 13,434, the University of Illinois with 12,969, New York University with 11,609, Purdue University with 11,352, and City University of New York with 10,984.

The number of foreign students on F-1 visas increased from 110,000 in 2001 to 524,000 in 2012.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 01, 2014 12:16 KST