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Number of Taiwan Students in U.S. Climbs by 4.4%Taiwan Moves up to Fifth Largest Source of Foreign Students in U.S.

The number of Taiwan students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities grew 4.4 percent last year (2006/2007) to 29,094, according to a new annual report published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The increase makes Taiwan the fifth largest source of foreign students in the United States, outpacing Canada with 28,280 students.  India and Mainland China are the two largest sources, with 83,833 and 67,723 students in the U.S., respectively.

In kicking off this week's International Education Week activities, American Cultural Center Director Nicholas Papp commented, "Taiwan students and their parents consider the U.S. their top choice for overseas study.  The reasons they choose the U.S. include the wide range of top-quality universities, prestigious scholarships such as the Fulbright program, a diverse student body, the quality of student life, and the outstanding educational advising offered by Taiwan's EducationUSA advising centers."

Counselors at Taiwan's two EducationUSA advising centers are available to assist students and their parents with information on how to make a study plan, choose a school, apply for admission, find financial aid, obtain a student visa, and prepare for departure.  EducationUSA centers are located in Taipei at the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE) and the American International Education Foundation (AIEF).  For more information on EducationUSA in Taiwan, please log on to their website at

Mr. Papp added that "AIT welcomes this sustained interest among Taiwan students in coming to the U.S. for study.  America has no more valuable asset internationally than the friendship of the thousands of young people, citizens, and leaders from Taiwan who better understand America because they have studied in the USA."