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The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), which is the premiere national organisation in the United States dedicated to the advancement of graduate education and research, has released its 2011 figures for international students acceptance into American graduate programmes. The data show that the numbers of such accepted students grew by 11% overall, driven to a significant extent by a 23% increase in acceptances among applicants from China. Applicants from the Middle East and Turkey, as well as India, also showed higher numbers of admission offers over last year, growing by 16% and 8%, respectively. In addition, although registering roughly the same figures as 2010, the 2011 numbers for accepted South Korean applicants reversed a four-year declining trend.Other details of note:
Based on these figures and past trends, the outlook for the final “yield” of new international graduate students in the United States looks promising. Indeed, since 2005 CGS has found that the “changes in international offers of admission have tracked quite closely with the subsequent changes in international first-time graduate enrollment, typically varying by no more than two or three percentage points”. Data about the final enrolment figures will be released by CGS in November 2011.