International student population on rise in US

Nov 12, 2012

The international student population is on the rise in universities throughout the US.  Most of the growth is seen in public land-grant Midwest universities. This trend also exists at The University of Missouri.

New figures released from the Institute of International Education today show international enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities increased by six percent last year. The report shows the increased number of Chinese students – a 23 percent hike – could be driving up the numbers.  MU currently has 2,490 international students enrolled, a 13 percent growth from last fall.  Director of International Student and Scholar Services David Currey says nearly half of those students are from China.

“The Chinese families see the value of a U.S. degree and they’re at a point in their economy where they have the where with all to send their children to study here,” said Currey.

International students make up nearly 6 percent of total student enrollment at MU.  Based on Global Mizzou records, the international student population has been steadily increasing over the last 10 years.