A very good year
The US has a had a good year in terms of international student recruitment:
The number of foreign students attending American colleges hit an all-time high in 2008, capping three consecutive years of vigorous growth, according to new data from the Institute of International Education. Some 671,616 international students attended U.S. institutions in 2008-9, an increase of almost 8 percent from a year earlier. First-time-student enrollments grew even more robustly, by nearly 16 percent.
UK remains second to the US in international student recruitment but the competition is clearly getting more and more fierce.