International Students in US Universities

I read an article from The Atlantic titled, “The Globalization of America’s Colleges”, which talked about US colleges and the number of international students in the college. This article can be obtained here. Part of the argument in the article was stating that only 20% of the International Students have funding from their actual institutions… In other words, these students were accepted in these institutions and were offered funding. While others, a whopping 80%, either financed their own undergraduate/graduate education or were given funding from their institutions.

At first, the article was a little contradictory. Part of what it states at the beginning was that students had the money to finance their education… Yet at the end of the article, it stated that students didn’t in fact have the money to finance it, and that their families made an average of $2,100 per year… Which they said would take them decades to gather the money needed to pay for an education.

The article begins by strongly stating using the figures, that the number of international students is on the rise, as time passes. The numbers are increasing greatly. In fact, they have a graph comparing the number of graduate students to a decade ago, and the number has doubled.

However, the point that the article implied very clearly, was that the rise of international students was for profit. It wasn’t because they were the most qualified or the best for the university, but it’s because they could pay the most expensive tuition ever made.

In my view, although this may be true, a lot of these students have scholarships from their university/government/institutions/work to go pursue their degrees. This is because, if it’s considerable that people make less than a fraction of the tuition, then they probably need external funding. In fact, there are many cases like this.

It’s interesting that some of the universities had more international students than students from the midwest. I guess that’s because the midwest is a big area in the US, but it’s also one of the lower numbers of population… Also, as I expected, these states are more into the natural resources that they have. This link shows that a while back, the most popular jobs in parts of the midwest were farmers. Then the midwest transitioned into the most popular job being truck driver, like a lot of other states in the US. However, in the Northeast, the most popular professions in these particular states required academic degrees, etc.

The article goes into stating there are benefits for American students to get to know International students, and I totally agree to that. However, the article closes by asking, about public colleges, and the number of students that should be in a public college… And how much is too many international students… And that they’re educated using a public college, which depends on tax payer dollars. However, I disagree. I believe International students pay a lot more than we the US Citizens do. In fact, I really doubt our tax dollars really funds their education. And some the International students are some of the brightest, and hardest working from my experience while dealing with them.

All in all, The Atlantic’s article had some eye-opening facts, but didn’t in fact seem to be completely fair in how they stated the issue. American students should definitely have top priority to a given university. However, it’s not bad that public or private university’s have international students. Especially that many of these students don’t have competitive options in their countries. In fact, some countries don’t have enough spots for their brightest students, according to the article.