MUNCIE, Ind. — Indiana colleges are seeing rising numbersof foreign students enrolling, and that's good news for thestate's economy.The number of foreign students enrolled in Indiana collegesand universities rose 8.6 percent to 18,569 in 2010,according to Open Doors 2010, an annual report published bythe Institute of International Education. That puts Indiana 10thin the nation for number of students from abroad, the reportsaid.
in West Lafayette drew the mostforeign students, with 6,903.
followedat 4,819, IUPUI had 1,440 and the
had 830.Ball State, which had 604 foreign students, says it wants toincrease its numbers. The Star Press reports the university isrecruiting students from
, South Korea, Turkeyand
in hopes of having students withinternational origins comprise 5 percent of total enrollment by 2012.
Money is one reason. Foreign students contributed nearly $514 million to the state's economy lastyear, including $14.6 million in Muncie, the report found. Nationally, foreign students contributed $20billion to the economy."Dollars are part of it, but there are very strong educational reasons to have international students --diversity and learning about other cultures, for example, Islamic cultures," said Scott Cantrell, director ofinternational student services at Ball State. "Foreign students learn to understand true Americans,rather than what they see on TV in their home country. There are higher political aims here, makingsure there is a good exchange of cultural information."
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