More international students studying at UW-Madison

  • Associated Press
  • November 12, 2013 - 10:15 AM

MADISON, Wis. — An influx of young scholars from China has boosted the international student population at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

UW-Madison enrolled nearly 5,300 international students last year, about 500 more than the previous academic year, according to a new report from the Institute of International Education. About 12 percent of students at UW-Madison are from foreign countries.

Not only does the number of international students increase diversity on campus, it contributes to the bottom line because they pay higher out-of-state tuition, the Journal Sentinel reported ( ).

More than 800,000 international college students studied in the U.S. last year. That's a seven percent increase from the 2011 academic year, according to the annual report by the institute, an education and cultural exchange organization.

China sent the most students to the U.S. to study in the 2012-2013 school year. It was the country of origin for 235,597 international students in the U.S. in 2012-'13, up from 194,029 the previous year, according to the report. The other top feeder countries were India (96,754), South Korea (70,627), Saudi Arabia (44,566) and Canada (27,357).

The UW-Milwaukee campus has worked aggressively to recruit international students.

UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell in 2011 signed an agreement with a subsidiary of the China Education and Research Network in Beijing. Under the agreement, 30 to 50 Chinese students were to be recruited for fall 2012. About 100 to 150 more students were to arrive this fall, with the number of new students each year ramping up to 250 by fall 2015.

UWM's international student population increased by nearly 15 percent this fall to a record 1,364 students. That's nearly five percent of the total student body.

The institute's report also tracked the number of U.S. students studying abroad. Nationally, 283,332 students from the U.S. studied in other countries in 2011-2012, up from nearly 274,000 the previous academic year.

UW-Madison ranked sixth among U.S. universities and colleges for the number of students studying abroad in 2011-'12. About 2,150 UW-Madison students earned academic credit outside the U.S.

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