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International Students: Fields of Study

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2007/08 - 2008/09

Field of Study 2007/08 International Students 2008/09 International Students 2008/09 % of Total % Change
Agriculture, Total 8,945 8,961 1.3 0.2
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 6,721 6,294 0.9 -6.4
Natural Resources and Conservation 2,224 2,667 0.4 19.9
Business and Management, Total 110,906 138,565 20.6 24.9
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 110,041 137,495 20.5 24.9
Personal and Culinary Services 865 1,070 0.2 23.7
Education 17,775 18,120 2.7 1.9
Engineering, Total 96,133 118,980 17.7 23.8
Engineering 89,821 111,532 16.6 24.2
Engineering Technologies/Technicians 4,586 5,228 0.8 14.0
Transportation and Materials Moving 724 1,047 0.2 44.6
Construction Trades 493 602 0.1 22.1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 470 515 0.1 9.6
Precision Production 39 56 0.0 43.6
Fine and Applied Arts, Total 31,727 34,854 5.2 9.9
Visual and Performing Arts 25,787 27,652 4.1 7.2
Architecture and Related Services 5,940 7,202 1.1 21.2
Health Professions 29,163 35,064 5.2 20.2
Humanities, Total 17,460 19,179 2.9 9.8
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6,252 6,726 1.0 7.6
English Language and Literature/Letters 4,938 5,745 0.9 16.3
Theology and Religious Vocations 4,274 3,700 0.6 -13.4
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1,996 3,008 0.4 50.7
Mathematics and Computer Science, Total 46,313 56,367 8.4 21.7
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 34,819 43,050 6.4 23.6
Mathematics and Statistics 11,494 13,317 2.0 15.9
Physical and Life Sciences, Total 52,867 61,699 9.2 16.7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 29,159 34,144 5.1 17.1
Physical Sciences 22,942 26,302 3.9 14.6
Science Technologies/Technicians 766 1,253 0.2 63.6
Social Sciences, Total 49,375 57,348 8.5 16.1
Social Sciences 27,792 32,242 4.8 16.0
Psychology 7,981 9,269 1.4 16.1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 5,446 6,253 0.9 14.8
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 2,975 3,628 0.5 21.9
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies 2,204 2,321 0.3 5.3
History 2,112 2,546 0.4 20.5
Security and Protective Services 865 1,089 0.2 25.9
Other, Total 61,304 73,011 10.9 19.1
Liberal Arts and Sciences and General Studies 29,248 37,681 5.6 28.8
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9,222 10,885 1.6 18.0
Legal Professions and Studies 6,598 8,700 1.3 31.9
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 8,760 9,695 1.4 10.7
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 3,276 2,763 0.4 -15.7
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 2,913 2,081 0.3 -28.6
Library Sciences 809 466 0.1 -42.4
Residency Programs 422 382 0.1 -9.5
Military Technologies (includes ROTC and JROTC) 56 358 0.1 539.3
Intensive English Language 25,856 28,524 4.2 10.3
Undeclared 19,215 20,944 3.1 9.0
Optional Practical Training (OPT)* 56,766 - -
TOTAL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 623,805 671,616 100.0 7.7
* Field of study data for OPT students is reported for the first time this year. Previously, OPT was reported as a separate category.

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Suggested citation: Institute of International Education. (2009). "Field of Study of International Students, 2007/08-2008/09." Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors