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IU International Population Rises, College Completion Drops

A recent report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows the United States has fallen from 12 to 16, out of 36 developed nations. Though the United States still has prestige with other countries, the retention of getting students to complete college has declined. Why are international students then choosing to come to the U.S.?

South Korean students are currently the second largest international student population on Indiana University’s campus. IU Vice President for International Affairs David Zaret says the rapid growth reflects new trends.

“By far China sends the most students. We have 1800 students studying at the undergraduate and graduate level and we have just over a thousand students from South Korea,” Zoret said.

Many of the countries are moving ahead with technology. Though some experts say it’s the tradition that keeps East Asian countries moving forward.

IU Chair East and Asia Culture program, Michael Robinson said, “Throughout their history there’s been this focus of ‘it’s not that you just get a better job,’ but that education is linked to your social status. Education is considered the social prestige. I think it compounds and magnifies the idea of how you carry your family ahead.”

Zoret says many of the international students come to IU for a business degree.

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