Community Colleges Increase Overseas Recruitment

Community colleges across the country are hiring international consultants, attending overseas college fairs and setting international student enrollment goals, reports The Chicago Tribune.

Experts say not only are schools interested in a culturally diverse student body, but foreign students pay three to four times the tuition as local students.

In 2013-14, more than 886,052 international students were enrolled at four-year U.S. colleges, the Institute for International Education reported. Community colleges are starting to catch up, with almost 88,000 foreign students nationwide at community colleges on student visas last year – about an 8 percent increase over the past decade. Approximately 20 U.S. schools hosted 1,000 or more international students, IIE reported.

While Illinois community colleges have not been a top destination for international students, that is changing, the Tribune reported.  At Joliet Junior College, 14 international students are enrolled this year, up from 2 a few years ago, and that number is expected to double next year. At the College of Lake County in Grayslake, there are 119 international students form 46 countries. Harper College enrolls 123 foreign students.


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