Colorado, Colorado State University – Pueblo, international student population grows
PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo’s student body represents an even more diverse snapshot of the world’s population, thanks to an increase of eight percent in its international student enrollment for Fall 2012.
The increase from 111 to 125 international students from 29 different countries at CSU-Pueblo mirrors a nearly 10 percent increase in overall international enrollment in Colorado, as announced by StudyColorado in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE) – Rocky Mountain Regional Center in Denver. Colorado enrolled a total of 8,445 international students, compared to last year’s 7,688, an increase of 9.8 percent that moves Colorado from 27th to 26th place among all states.
CSU-Pueblo saw a dramatic increase in the number of German (+20) and Chinese (+7) students since last spring, primarily due to targeted recruiting efforts, international visits by faculty and staff, and exchange agreements that the University has in place with 26 universities in China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, and Thailand. For the Fall 2012 semester, 125 international students were enrolled, with significant numbers from Germany (31), Korea (17), China, (12), and India (11). According to Annie Williams, director of Center for International Programs, targeted recruitment strategies have increased in China, Brazil, and Southeast Asia, resulting in more applications and stronger representation from these areas.
Colorado State University-Pueblo's Center for International Programs can arrange study abroad opportunities at universities in Asia, Europe, and Mexico. Under these programs, CSU-Pueblo students can study abroad for the cost of regular CSU-Pueblo tuition and fees. Students receiving financial aid and/or scholarships continue to collect these benefits while studying in another country. Some of the universities in Asia and Europe, at which CSU-Pueblo students can study, offer free language instruction in the summer. One year of college-level foreign language instruction is required for studying in a non-English speaking country. This academic year, CSU-Pueblo students are studying at universities in Italy, France and Germany. More information on these programs may be found at http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/InternationalPrograms/CurrentStudents/Pages/ExchangePrograms.aspx
The English Language Institute (ELI), an in-house entity charged with teaching students English as a second language, continues to attract individual and groups of international students. South Koreans, in particular, have shown heightened interest in the program, Williams said, with a group of 14 attending collectively in spring 2012, and another ten to begin studies in the spring 2013 semester. Established in Fall 2005, the ELI is seeking Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). CEA distinction improves and assures the quality of the program which, in turn, will prompt enhanced marketing efforts.
StudyColorado, established in July, is supporting CSU-Pueblo’s and other college and university efforts by increasing global awareness of all of Colorado’s higher education opportunities.
“Colorado has a lot to offer students from different countries. Colorado students, in turn, benefit from a better understanding of the cultural and economic diversity they will face in the global marketplace.” said Lt Gov. Joe Garcia.
In addition to the cultural diversity they bring, international students have a significant economic impact on the campuses they attend and in the communities where they live. A 2008 report by CSU-Pueblo Economics Professor Kevin Duncan showed that students from beyond the United States borders bring approximately $3.5 million, or $25,000 per student per academic year, to the local economy. In comparison, domestic students spend about $12,000, on average.
International student expenditures in Colorado in the 2011-2012 academic year totaled more than $253 million, as estimated by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. This figure is approximately $18 million more than the previous year.