U.S. Sees Record Number of International College Students

Chinese student enrollment in U.S. schools increased by 21 percent in 2012-2013.

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The University of Southern California welcomed the largest number of international students for the 12th year, followed by University of Illinois—Urbana–Champaign, Purdue University, New York University and Columbia University.

The University of Illinois—Urbana–Champaign enrolled 9,804 international students last school year, 3,846 of whom were from China, according to Rebecca Linder Blachly, director of advancement at the school's office of international advancement.

While studying in the U.S. can be a great experience for international students, she says having international students on campus can benefit American students, too.

"The international students are incredibly talented," she says. "They bring a different perspective in the classroom and a great amount of cultural diversity to campus."

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