CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Nov. 13, 2000
UI reports increases in international students here, UI students abroad
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa International Programs and Office
of the Registrar report that numbers of UI students studying abroad and numbers
of international students attending the UI have both increased in the latest
reporting period. These increases are in line with national trends reported
by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in its annual "Open
Doors" report, released Monday, Nov. 13.
The Open Doors report shows a 14 percent increase in U.S. students studying
abroad in 1998-99 and a 5 percent increase in international students studying
in the U.S. in 1999-2000, the most recent years for which figures are available
in each category.
In 1998-99, 671 UI students studied abroad, a 10 percent increase over the
previous year. UI international student enrollment in the 1998-99 academic
year increased to 1,697, a 6 percent rise. In 1999-2000, 705 UI students studied
abroad, and as of fall 2000, international student enrollment stood at 1,797.
IIE does not have national figures from these years for comparison.
Diana Davies, director of International Programs, said this year's increases
reflect a commitment to internationalization at the UI. She said her staff
would continue its dedication to helping students add international experiences
to their education, but noted that the emphasis is on quality as much as quantity.
"It's important to understand that UI's International Programs units
have been careful not to compromise on service, safety and quality in their
efforts to expand international opportunities for UI students and for international
students coming to Iowa," she said.
Mirroring national trends, most UI undergraduates studying abroad do so
in Western Europe (63 percent) with smaller percentages of students studying
in Latin America (18 percent) and Asia (7 percent). UI graduate students also
study most frequently in Western Europe (63 percent). Other destinations for
graduate students include Latin America (14 percent), Sub-Saharan Africa (8
percent), and Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (7 percent.)
The IIE's Open Doors report noted that for the second year in a row China
was the leading country of origin for foreign students. Japan is the second
leading country sending students to the U.S., followed by India. At the UI,
the five countries with the largest enrollment are China, 476 this fall, up
from 436 in 1999-00; Korea, 242, up from 216; India, 224, up from 201; Japan,
93, up from 81; and Taiwan, 81, down from 94.
The IIE reports that although foreign students comprise only 3 percent of
America's total higher education population, they contribute more than $12
billion to the U.S. economy in money spent on tuition, living expenses, and
related costs. Department of Commerce data describe U.S. higher education
as the country's fifth largest service sector export.
For more information about the UI, contact Phil Carls for study abroad figures
(319) 335-0353, Gary Althen for international student enrollment figures (319)
335-0335, or Lois Gray (319) 335-2026. More information about the national
trends will be posted Nov. 13 on the IIE Web site, <http://www.opendoorsweb.org>.