US colleges look to foreign students

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A new study shows China is driving major growth in the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities.

The Institute of International Education finds that international enrollment grew nearly 6 percent last year, driven by a 23-percent increase from China, even as total enrollment was leveling out.

Much of that growth is concentrated at big Midwest schools.

For example, five years ago, there were 87 undergraduates from China at Indiana University in Bloomington. Now it’s 2,224.

Experts say diminishing state financial support is transforming public universities in America’s heartland. Some have seen 40 percent growth in international students.

Besides the international perspective, money is also a driving factor. International students typically pay full out-of-state tuition, without financial aid.

Nationally, there were 765,000 foreign students on U.S. campuses last year, led by China and followed by India, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Many stay after graduation.

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