In a nationwide report released this week, UCLA ranked eighth among U.S. universities in the number of foreign students it hosted during the 2008-09 academic year and was fifth in the number of students it sent abroad to study in 2007-08. UCLA was the only University of California campus listed in the top 10 in either category.
For two years now, the International Education Office has managed all of the overseas programs on campus.
In a nationwide report released this week, UCLA ranked eighth among U.S. universities in the number of foreign students it hosted during the 2008–09 academic year and was fifth in the number of students it sent abroad to study in 2007–08. UCLA was the only University of California campus listed in the top 10 in either category.
As the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities hit an all-time high last year, the foreign-student population at UCLA grew to 5,590. South Korea, China, India and Japan sent the largest numbers of students to the campus.
"In spite of the many challenges that we are facing, we still are a top-choice institution for the best and brightest from abroad," said Bob Ericksen, director of UCLA's Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars.
Ericksen added that foreign students are having more success than in recent years in securing the required visas.
UCLA leapt six positions to reach the fifth spot in the study-abroad portion of this year's report, which looked at the 2007–08 academic year. The number of students traveling to other countries from the campus rose 27 percent from the previous year, to 2,330.
Sergio Broderick-Villa, who manages faculty-led overseas programs for UCLA's International Education Office (IEO), said that the consolidation of outreach efforts to UCLA students has helped. Formerly scattered in various offices on campus, overseas programs have all been managed and marketed by the IEO since its creation in 2007.
"We are working harder than ever ... to get the message across that study abroad is for everyone," and not only for financially privileged and academically outstanding students, Broderick-Villa said.
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 671,616, an 8 percent increase over the previous year. It also showed an 8.5 percent increase, to 262,416, in the number of American students studying abroad.