The United State Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs says Nigerians and other international students contributed 42.4 billion dollars to the U.S. economy in 2017/2018 session.

A senior official of the Bureau, who spoke on condition of anonymity, announced this during the Tour of the U.S. Community Colleges and Workforce Development programme in Washington D.C on Saturday.

The tour was organised by the Foreign Press Centre, Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State to provide foreign journalists with information on opportunity available to foreign students in community college in U.S.

The official said that there were 1,094,792 international students studying in the U.S. as of 2018 supporting more than 450,000 jobs in the U.S.

According to the official, the number of international students in the U.S in 2018 surpassed one million for the third consecutive year.

According to the official, 450,000 U.S. jobs are supported by hosting international students on U.S. campuses.