For­eign stu­dents grad­u­ally re­turn­ing to U.S. col­leges

The Washington Times Weekly - - From Page One - By Se Jeong Kim

Amer­i­can univer­si­ties are grad­u­al­lyre­gain­ing­in­ter­na­tion­al­stu­dents af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing drops fol­low­ing Septem­ber 11, with the num­bers of new­lyen­rolled­in­ter­na­tion­al­stu­dents in­creas­ing nearly 8 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion’s an­nual re­port.

The re­port said that dur­ing 2005 and2006,thenum­berofnew­stu­dents was142,923,in­creasingabout7.7per­cent­from131,945thep­re­vi­ouss­chool year. The to­tal num­ber of in­terna- tional stu­dents — in­clud­ing those al­ready en­rolled — was 564,766.

“Amer­ica’s col­leges and uni­ver­si­tieshave­be­gun­toseep­os­i­tivere­sults from their proac­tive ef­forts to re­cruit­in­ter­na­tion­al­stu­dentsand­make them feel wel­come on cam­pus,” said Allen E. Good­man, pres­i­dent and chiefex­ec­u­tive­of­fi­ceroftheIn­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion. “With sev­eral thou­sand cam­puses able to host in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, the U.S. hasahuge­un­tapped­ca­pac­i­ty­tomeet the grow­ing world­wide de­mand for higher ed­u­ca­tion.”

The re­port also showed that 42 per­cent of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in the United States are from Asia, in­clud­ing 76,503 from In­dia, 62,582 fromChina,58,847fromSouthKorea and 38,712 from Ja­pan. Stu­dents from South Korea showed a no­tice­able in­crease, up 10.3 per­cent from the pre­vi­ous year. En­roll­ment of Ja­pane­ses­tu­dents,how­ever,de­clined 8.3 per­cent dur­ing the same pe­riod of time. Among other find­ings:

The most fa­vor­able fields of study­forin­ter­na­tion­al­stu­dentsinthe United States are en­gi­neer­ing, busi­ness and man­age­ment, which ac- count for 34 per­cent of course­work for all in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

The lead­ing host in­sti­tu­tions for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents are the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, with 6,881 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, and Columbia Univer­sity in New York, with 5,575. They are fol­lowed by In­di­ana’s Pur­due Univer­sity, New YorkUniver­si­ty­inNewYorkandthe Univer­sity of Texas at Austin.

The Univer­sity of Mary­land at Col­lege Park ranks 18th, with 3,476 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents. Th­ese num­bers re­flect un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate pro­grams.

Amer­i­can stu­dents study­ing abroad in­creased in 2005 and 2006, reach­ing205,983.Stu­dents­fa­vorEuro­pean­coun­tries,suchas­theUnited King­dom, Italy, Spain and France, which ac­count for 60 per­cent of all Amer­i­can stu­dent des­ti­na­tions. Un­like a great in­flow of Asian stu­dents to U.S. col­leges and univer­si­ties, the num­berofAmer­i­canstu­dentswhose des­ti­na­tions are Asia only ac­count for 8.1 per­cent.

So­cial sci­ences, hu­man­i­ties, busi­nes­sand­man­age­mentare­lead­ing ma­jors among Amer­i­cans study­ing abroad.

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