Study: Record number of foreign students in U.S.; Purdue No. 3 favorite place to study

WASHINGTON - 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 foreign students 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 the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was the second-most popular destination for international students, behind only the University of Southern California.

Purdue University was ranked third.

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