Foreign students represent the majority of students in computer science department graduate programs, according to the Computing Research Association (CRA).
In the 2011-2012 academic year, foreign students accounted for 60 percent of students enrolled in computer science Ph.D. programs, which is a new high. In addition, foreign students made up 53.8 percent of graduates from master's programs last year, up from 47.8 percent in 2010-2011. However, at the undergraduate level, foreign students accounted for only 6.9 percent of bachelor's degree graduates. Overall, a new high of 1,929 Ph.D. degrees were granted last year, up 8.2 percent from 2010-2011.
Enrollment in computer science departments has risen over the past five years. George Washington University's Abdou Youssef thinks U.S. graduate programs will maintain their global advantage for now, but other countries are investing heavily in their higher education capabilities. "Unless we remain competitive ourselves, we stand to lose some of our international population to other countries and universities," he says.
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