International Journal of Social Policy & Education

ISSN 2689-4998 (print), 2689-5013 (online)

Examining STEM Career Choice of International College Students in the United States

Xun Liu & Jiaqi Li


This study examined the nature and difference of STEM career choice among international college students in the U.S., by using Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B: 08/12). STEM and Non-STEM differences among gender, race/ethnicity, SAT scores, STEM credits, STEM GPA, annualized salary in 2009 and 2012, and hours worked per week were examined. Results indicated a significant difference in STEM credit earned among international college students. Recommendations for future research on STEM career choice among international students were discussed.