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RFA: Significant increase in Chinese students in the U.S.; Safety and Legal Issues Are Concerns

China Press, a Chinese language newspaper based in the U.S., reported that the number of Chinese students in the U.S. in 2011 increased by 23 percent over the 2010 level. The number reached 157,000, or 21.8 percent of all foreign students in the U.S. At the same time, problems associated with the Chinese students have emerged. For example, last year in California a few Chinese students were shot and killed. In addition, China Press also reported that, last May, over one hundred Chinese students from California State University reported a false claim of the “American Opportunity” tax credit (AOTC), provided for American citizens and permanent residents. Although most of the students returned the tax refund, the IRS and relevant authorities still paid attention to this incident.

Reports indicate that the number of mainland Chinese students in the U.S. is 50% more than the total number of Indian students. The University of Southern California (USC) has the most foreign students in the nation. There are more than 2,500 Chinese students at USC. The Chinese are becoming the largest group of foreign students at the university.

Source: Radio Free Asia, January 4, 2013