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International students stream into US colleges

from The Wall Street Journal

American universities are enrolling unprecedented numbers of foreign students, prompted by the rise of an affluent class in China and generous scholarships offered by oil-rich Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia. Cash-strapped public universities also are driving the trend, aggressively recruiting students from abroad, especially undergraduates who pay a premium compared with in-state students. There are 1.13 million foreign students in the U.S., the vast majority in college-degree programs, according to a report to be released by the Department of Homeland Security. That represents a 14 percent increase over last year, nearly 50 percent more than in 2010 and 85% more than in 2005. more

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