By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The US is the world’s top destination for international students with a record number of 819,644 studying here in 2012-2013.

Parents for more than 63%, are the greatest sources of support. They enroll in the Universities of Southern California, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue and New York primarily.

For seven years Chinese students dominated the group of foreign students after years of double-digit growth, but latest figures show moderate increases. However, first-time graduate enrollments from India surged 40%. Because they are mostly graduate students, they foot the cost and economic prospects affect their numbers.

Brazilian students grew 17%, as did South Koreans with a rise in a government-funded scholarship programs.

Enrollments were up in every field except for life sciences with engineering, physical and earth sciences (which include mathematics and computer science) showing strongest growth.

Read more in The Chronicle of Higher Education.