10 most popular schools for international students

America's reputation around the world may wax and wane as its foreign policies and leaders change, but its colleges seem only to grow in global luster and appeal. Foreign students contributed $24 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2012-2013 school year, 12% more than the previous year, according to trade group NAFSA, the Association of International Educators.

1.  University of Southern California

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  • Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Number of international students: 9,840

Proximity to Hollywood and the California sunshine certainly don't hurt. USC, where 72% of its foreign population is graduate students (most in the engineering school), has led this list for 12 straight years. As a state, California attracts more international students than any other.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated February 07 2014 03:47 PM ET
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