LOS ANGELES (CNS) - For the 12th. year in a row, USC accounted for more  international students than any other American institution of higher education,  according to the annual Open Doors report released today by the Institute of  International Education.

During the 2012-2013 academic year USC hosted 9,840 international  students, according to the IIE. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  was listed in second place, and PurdueUniversity ranked third in the report.

Chinese students represented the largest segment of USC's international  population, with 3,771. Students from India were the second-largest, with  1,806.

USC officials attributed the numbers of Indian and Chinese students to  multiple factors, including its reputation along the Pacific Rim and its  commitment to recruiting, according to a news release.

``USC continues to attract the most talented and creative students from  all over the world, a point of tremendous pride for our community,'' said USC  President C.L. Max Nikias. ``USC's international students arrive on our  campuses with a broad range of experiences and perspectives, as well as  extraordinary intellect and creativity. Their time at the university will  remain with them for life, and our domestic students will learn about cultures  outside their own. Throughout their lives, both groups of students will benefit  from their professional connections.''

Seventy-two percent of USC's international student population in fall  2012 was enrolled in graduate-level programs, with the greatest number  attending the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, according to the news release.

``The international student population at USC is very diverse, with over  115 different countries of origin represented,'' said Tony Tambascia,  director of the Office of International Services. ``The fact that so many  students from around the world choose to come to USC is a great source of  pride.''

``We also recognize that just enrolling large numbers of international  students is not enough,'' he added. ``Great efforts are made to assist  international students to make the most of their experience at USC, and to  encourage them to take full advantage of the many ways to engage with other  members of the university community, both inside and outside the classroom,''  he said.

According to the report, USC ranked ninth for the total number of  students - 2,065 - who participated in study abroad programs during the 2011 -  2012 school year.