Study: Record number of foreign students hit US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tight economies around the world haven't slowed down students who are crossing international borders in record numbers to pursue their studies.

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese students have helped push the number of students from other countries studying in America to all-time highs.

Similarly, more U.S. students than ever are studying abroad, although the raw number is lower and they tend to do much shorter stints than students coming to the United States.

The findings are in an analysis being released Monday that was conducted by a nonprofit group that worked with the State Department.

The Institute of International Education says international education programs are an economic boon to communities that host foreign students and to the students themselves, who improve their job competitiveness.

Foreign students contribute about $24 billion annually to the U.S. economy. Most pay their own way or their families do.

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