CSUSB sees spike in international student population

By Katherine Valadez |Staff Writer|

The number of international students attending CSUSB has been increasing, according to the Center for International Studies and Programs (CISP).

Currently, the CISP office estimates there are upwards of 650 international students on campus. This figure excludes students in the College of Extended Learning, which is a separate program.

“There has definitely been an increase in international students at CSUSB,” said Rika Dawson, an administrative assistant for CISP.

CISP assists international students in many areas ranging from awarding scholarships to making sure students have the correct immigration status when they arrive in the U.S.

CSUSB receives students from many different countries such as India, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico and Nigeria. But the majority of students originate from China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia, according to Dawson.

This is consistent with colleges and universities all across the U.S. According to a report issued by the Institute of International Education, 22 percent of international students hail from China CSUSB will continue to see more foreign exchange students this year.

International student enrollment at CSUSB is expected to increase in the spring quarter.

“I think it’s going to be a large increase. We are expecting about 150 students next quarter,” said Dawson.

California is the number one state that hosts international students, followed by New York and Texas. During the 2010-11 academic year, California hosted 96,535 international students, according to the Institute of International Education.

In 2011 a record high of 723,277 international students studied in the United States, and new international student enrollment increased by six percent from the previous year, according to the Institute of International Students.

“Our office assists students from overseas with student visas. These students are here to pursue and academic program such as a B.A. or a B.S.,” said Dawson. “These students are degree seeking, while students in the College of Extended Learning’s International Extension Program are not.”

Students in the International Extension Program are international students that come to CSUSB to build their English language skills so they may become full time students at CSUSB, according to Elaine Chacon, a program assistant for the International Extension Program.

Students have differing reasons for coming to CSUSB. Some students come to learn English, like Andy Kim, Korean native.

“Before I came here I studied English, but I’m studying much more now. I want to learn to speak English well,” said Kim.

In addition, CSUSB affords students the opportunity to experience American life while earning their degree.

“I started school at a university in Korea. CSUSB connects with that school so I’m able to graduate here,” said Oscar Han, an international student from Korea. “But we want to make American friends. We don’t have a lot of chances to make American friends.”

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