For Korean students, it is Harvard, MIT all the way

November 18, 2013

No matter how trends change, it is still Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology all the way for Korean students.

That has held true even as the number of Korean students heading overseas for their studies has dwindled due to the ongoing economic downturn.

Despite a small reduction in the number of students heading to foreign countries, the ranks of those choosing top universities in the United States are still going strong.

According to a report from the International Institute of Education in the United States, the highest number of foreign students during the 2012-2013 academic year were concentrated in California (111,379), New York (88,250), Texas (62,923) and Massachusetts (46,486).

Of those totals, students from China, India and South Korea accounted for 49 percent, with the number from China reaching 235,597, an increase of 21.7 percent over the previous academic year.

In Massachusetts, where top schools like Harvard and MIT are located, Chinese students accounted for 28.2 percent of the enrollees, Indians 11.1 percent and South Koreans 6.6 percent.