UCLA Ranks 7th in US in International Students

UCLA Ranks 7th in US in International Students

This photo of the Yu Yuan Gardens in Shanghai is by UCLA student Calvin Yu. Nationwide, study abroad to China rose 25 percent in 2006-07, and numbers of incoming Chinese students increased by 20 percent in 2007-08.

The campus also sent the 11th largest U.S. contingent of students overseas in the latest year on record, according to the annual Open Doors report.

In a nationwide report released today, UCLA ranked seventh in the number of foreign students it hosted during the 2007–08 academic year. UCLA had 5,557 international students last year, an increase of 18 percent over the previous year. California, the leading U.S. host state for international students, saw an overall increase of 9 percent, compared with 7 percent for the entire nation. South Korea, China, Japan, and India sent the largest numbers of students to the campus.

UCLA offers several study abroad programs, including short-term Travel Study and the University of California Education Abroad Program. As a result, during the 2006–07 academic year, nearly 1600 students earned credit abroad. In the new report, the campus ranked 11th in the number of students who traveled abroad, with the largest numbers studying in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, and China.
The annual Open Doors report, published by the Institute of International Education, with support from the U.S. State Department, showed that the number of international students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities last year reached of record of 623,805, a 7 percent increase over the previous year. It also indicated an 8 percent increase in the number of American students studying abroad and especially large increases in the contingents who went to Asia (up 20 percent) and Africa (19 percent).

For more information on the Open Doors report, visit www.opendoors.iienetwork.org.

Published: Monday, November 17, 2008