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Five Facts about International Women Studying STEM

March 27, 2015

Many international students come to the United States to study in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. As of February 2015, there were 414,613 F and M students studying STEM in the United States, and 33 percent of those STEM students are female.

STEM has become especially popular among female international students throughout the past few years. In fact, since 2010 the total number of female international STEM students increased more than 68 percent from 76,638 students in 2010 to 128,807 in 2015.

The latest quarterly SEVIS by the Numbers report includes a special section highlighting trends about female international STEM students in the United States. Check out the five facts below to learn more about these women.

  • Twenty-six percent of all female international students in the United States study STEM fields.
  • Of these female STEM students, 62 percent are from China and India.
  • The number of female STEM students pursuing master’s degrees increased 114 percent from 2010 to 2015.
  • The number of female STEM students studying computer and information sciences and support services increased 116 percent from 2010 to 2015.
  • Since 2010, the total number of active female F and M STEM students studying at schools in Delaware and Washington increased more than 120 percent.
Are you or someone you know a female international STEM student?
Join our Thunderclap campaign on Twitter and Facebook to help spread the message about international women in STEM. On April 8, the message “We’re putting international #WomeninSTEM on the map” will be broadcast via social media by everyone who participates in the campaign. Join now!


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