Study in America: Top 5 countries sending students to US

A record number of international students – 690,923 – attended colleges and universities in the United States during the 2009-10 academic year.

3. South Korea

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From left: Hyemin Park, Krishna Pokharel, and Yihan Zhong, students from Korea, Nepal and China, take a break from class in the lounge of the South Dakota State University Multicultural Center in Brookings, S.D., last month.

South Korea sent more than 72,000 students to America for the 2009-10 academic year, which is down almost 4 percent from the year before. Yet this country has held the No. 3 ranking in the survey since 2001-02. Some 50 percent of South Korean students in the US are at the undergraduate level, and about 32 percent are graduate students.

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