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International Student Enrollment at EWU Is Holding Steady
The last issue of the Dongguk Post introduced two articles from Michigan State Univ. This issue introduces an article from the News & Information at Eastern Washington University, one of our sister schools............................................................................................Ed.
CHENEY, Wash. - The enrollment of international students at Eastern Washington University is holding steady this winter quarter - and actually shows an increase of nine students over fall quarter.
There are 231 international students enrolled in courses at Eastern this winter, compared to 222 in fall quarter. These are students who hold F1 (student) visas and who are taking at least one or more credits.
There are 28 students from Middle Eastern countries, the same as during fall quarter.
Although the overall number of international students is relatively constant this year, the numbers do reflect a small decline from winter quarter 2001, when 243 students were enrolled.
“The events of September 11th have contributed to this decline in enrollment of international students, some of whom have delayed their attendance to determine how world events evolve,” said Lily Gao, director of International Student Programs at Eastern.
“We do know, however, that of the 231 who are now enrolled, 22 have returned to Eastern after waiting out fall quarter.”
This is the international student roster at EWU this winter: Brazil (1), China (6), India (1), Japan (116), Madagascar (1), Pakistan (2), Thailand (4), Canada/U.S. (1), Cameroon (1). Italy (1), Korea (13), Nigeria (1), Qatar (4), Taiwan (38), Canada (10), Columbia (1), Ukraine (1), UAE (18), Nepal (1) and Saudi Arabia (6).
Eastern also operates non-academic-credit programs for international students such as the English Language Institute (ELI), which has 65 students this winter, and the Asia University America Program (AUAP), which has 64 students this winter. Students enrolled in these programs are not enrolled in for-credit courses at Eastern and, hence, their numbers are not reflected in the official international student count.
ELI students come from a variety of countries to attend special programs to improve their English language skills so they can eventually enroll in American colleges and universities.
AUAP students are sophomores from Asia University in Tokyo who come to Eastern for a study abroad enrichment program. They come in two cohorts, one for the fall-winter terms and one for spring-summer. The fall-winter group usually numbers about 65, with the warm-weather contingent numbering about 90-125 each year.
From the Jan. 31 issue of The News & Information in Eastern Washington University. More information is available at http://www.ewu.edu.
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