IUPUI enrolls record number of foreign students

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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.



  • Stop the Hate/Fear Mongering
    It seems that the vocal minority of hate/fear mongers is at it again. Welcoming people from other countries to our state and our colleges/universities is (1) simply the right thing to do (2) what we'd expect if we went to another country (3) a way to build understanding and the spirit of cooperation, much-needed alternatives to distrust and war (4) part of the global education that we all need to survive and be competitive in the modern world (5) consistent with the teachings of Christianity and many other religions.
  • I think it's pretty clear that who pays for them
    Just stop by Saks Fifth Avenue or any BMW or Mercedes dealership and ask the salesperson how many Chinese students have came and purchased their stuff with cash.
  • They Pay Their Own Way, Sometimes Their Foreign Country Pays Their Tuition
    Foreign students do not qualify for federal or state financial aid. They also must pay out-of-state tuition. You must be a legal U.S. resident to qualify for financial aid. Now, some of them may qualify for an academic based scholarship, but that is not need-based (and typically those come from private grants).

    No one is getting a "free" education.

    If we want to be competitive in the world market, then we need to drop the parochial attitudes. Educating people in the U.S. is competely unrelated to having foreign students attend U.S. schools.

  • Typical
    It's silly to think that just because someone is from another country that the US gives them a free ride. This is why having international students is important for the future of the city so that younger folks will not assume such things. Foreign students pay Out of State tuition. No matter what university they go to, or what affiliations our universities have with a foreigner's university. For instance students who are from Hong Kong University go to Ohio University and pay out of state tuition. They have a program where both universities can have students that can transfer without loosing credits.
  • well
    for those of you that are so concerned about who pays...it is well known that international students on average pay more than the domestic students. So, please relax. This is good for our community.

    There is so many angry people these days. I don't get it.
    • It does matter
      I agree that it DOES matter - it matters how many foreign students we allow in to our schools and it definitely matters whether or not they pay. While I agree that international exposure does everyone good, giving free education to foreign students while our students don't get educated is unwise. Our school systems, especially those receiving my tax dollars, should be educating our youth, our leaders of tomorrow. The U.S. is losing the international educational race. We have a great educational system here, and using that to promote foreign students at our students' expense doesn't help that issue.
      • I care
        Who pays is relevant. IUPUI is supported by tax dollars. I would like to know what percentage of alumni dollars have come from international students. If they are not paying FULL TUITION, and are not contruibuting to the university in ways other than "their presence", then this increase warrants questioning.
      • Makes Sense
        This makes a lot of sense because most of the instructors/professors at IUPUI are not fluent in english...maybe the international students will be able to communicate with them.
      • Who cares
        The question of who pays for these students is irrelevant. Even if these students receive fee remissions or scholarships, the benefits that inure to Indianapolis from having more international exposure outweighs any such costs.

        Because of many other policy choices, Indy doesn't have nearly the international exposure it should. Most growth and investment in the world is occuring outside of the U.S. The majority of the bright young people of the future are not Americans. When these international students come here, they expose us to their cultures, languages, and histories which will be invaluable as we try to grow in the modern world. Further, if we help them feel welcome, they may choose to stay in Indy or may speak favorably of Indy when they return home (both of these are very good things). As a city and a state, we must work to expose our young people to the other peoples of the world, and the returns to us will be orders of magnitude greater than the relatively miniscule amount we may spend on bringing these students here.
        • Who pays
          Do all of these international students pay full out of state tuition? Do any of them receive any fee remissions?

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