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Taiwan Students Studying in the U.S. Continue to Grow

The U.S. continues to be the number one destination for international students. A total of 582,996 international students were in the United States in the 2001/2002 academic year. Furthermore, Taiwan has consistently ranked among the Top Five Senders of students to the U.S. In the 2001-2002 academic year, a total of 28,930 Taiwanese students studied at 872 U. S. universities, up 1.3 percent from the 2000-2001 level of 28,566, according to statistics compiled by the U.S.-based Institute of International Education (IIE). Student visas issued by AIT and the number of students in the U.S. do not directly correlate for various reasons.

The United States is proud of an educational system that attracts students and scholars from across the globe. U.S. colleges and universities are known worldwide for their qualitative programs, faculty, facilities and resources. Students may choose from more than 3,600 undergraduate institutions and over 1,700 graduate and professional degree programs in a wide variety of fields.

Some 54 percent of Taiwan students in the U.S. are graduate students, while 34 percent are undergraduates. Ten percent are enrolled in associate degree or other specialized degree programs. An additional 7,605 were enrolled in Intensive English Programs (IEP) at language schools and other educational centers during 2001.

Sixty-two U. S. universities have more than 100 students from Taiwan, with the University of Southern California having the largest number at 696, followed by 492 at New York University and 349 at Boston University. The Academy of Art College and Columbia University have 313 and 300 Taiwan students, respectively.