A Steady Peak in the Number of Foreign Students in the US, Especially UNC

02 December, 2014

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U.S. is becoming the leading country to welcome offshore students, with a record total of 8,86,052 students enrolling here in the academic year 2013-14. According to a report released by the Department of State on Nov 17, the rise in the number of undergraduate and graduate students has seen a rise by 8% in 2014.

However, the University of North Carolina reported only 1,825 students from abroad enrolling here this year which was a little more than in 2013. According to the director of UNCís International Student and Scholar Services, Elizabeth Barnum, this reduction was due to the 18% limit on the out-of-state first-semester freshmen. The benefit here is that UNC would be able to welcome these international students on an individual basis.

Barnum also opined that the main attractions for overseas students were historical background of the campus and the high ranking of the academic programs.

On the other hand, more U.S. students were observed studying in countries abroad during the last year. UNC itself witnessed 1,300 candidates moving abroad for higher education. According to Ashley Memory, assistant director of admissions, their study abroad program comprised of 300 programs across 70 countries.

Susan Pittman said that U.S. was alluring to foreign students because of its reputation for entrepreneurship and innovation. Leslie Boney, vice-president at UNC held that since the foreign students often opted to major in the fields of engineering, science, mathematics and technology fields, they acted as a boost to the nationís economy. The presence of such students was a welcome break for the local candidates as well.

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