The number of Taiwanese students registered in schools in the US between last year and this year was 6.6 percent lower than the previous year, making Taiwan the sixth largest source of foreign students in the US, the Institute of International Education reported Monday.
The institute's latest statistics showed that Indian students ranked first in terms of numbers, followed by Chinese students.
Among 26,178 Taiwanese registered in US schools, 57.4 percent are studying in graduate schools, while 32.4 percent are studying in undergraduate programs at universities and the remaining 10.2 percent are studying at other institutions.
The report showed that the number of Taiwanese going to the US has been on the decline in recent years. Between 1993 and 1994, the number of Taiwanese peaked at 37,581. Between 1987 and 1988, Taiwanese topped all foreign students in the US in terms of numbers. Chinese students topped the list between 1988 and 1989.
The report analyzed that the number of foreign students studying in the US recorded negative growth for the first time in between last year and this year mainly because it has become more difficult to obtain student visas following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, especially for those students in the science and technology fields.
The active recruiting campaign to woo foreign students by other English-speaking countries such as the Australia and Britain has also cut the number of students going to the US, according to the report.
In addition, the tuition fees of US universities have been rising, the report added.