IUPUI enrolled a record 1,446 international students for its fall semester, up 6 percent from last year, the university announced Thursday morning.
The increase included a 30-percent increase in new freshman enrollment.
For the first time, more than 300 of IUPUI’s international students are from a single country—China, with 319 students. Other countries with large student populations include India with 249 and Saudi Arabia with 219, both increases over last year, said IUPUI officials.
“As important members of the IUPUI community, international students’ perspectives in the classroom and involvement in student organizations give character to the campus and help IUPUI students develop a global perspective,” said Sara Allaei, the school’s director for international enrollment and services.
A new program coordinated by the Office of International Affairs—the Global Voices Speakers Program—uses international students to help faculty "internationalize" their courses, IUPUI said.
Overall enrollment decreased slightly at IUPUI during the fall semester, which began Aug. 22, falling 0.2 percent, to 30,300 students.