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International student body

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Figures were released recently from our Office of International Programs showing the statistics of our international academic community on campus – that is our undergraduate, graduate and scholars/faculty – the great news is that UND is showing record numbers. For The Graduate School, international students make up approximately 10% of our student body. I thought it would be interesting to compare the data provided for our on-campus students with our web site metrics and inquiry data. Call it “gazing into the proverbial crystal ball” to see from where our future international students might come.

According to the report from OIP, the top 10 countries which send graduate students to UND include India, Canada, China, Cameroon, Nepal, Iran, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ukraine. When I compare this list against the top 10 countries that visit our web site, it shows a very similar picture – with the exception of Japan and Saudi Arabia over South Korea and Sri Lanka which appear as a very close 13th and 14th on our list.

It is quite a different view, however, when we analyze our inquiry data – that is, countries from where students are inquiring about our graduate programs . China, India and Canada remain as the big three. But others include Pakistan, Indonesia, Chile, Nigeria,Vietnam, Ghana and Hong Kong. It will be interesting to review our international student body in the Spring and next Fall. Will we see new countries at the top of that list, and as a result, a shift in our international makeup?

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Written by School of Graduate Studies

November 17, 2009 at 11:14 pm

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  1. We’re very excited about our international student population, and we’re eager to see even more students come from around the world. This is, in no small part, thanks to the recruitment efforts of our faculty, who have visited all corners of the globe for their research and have met with many students along the way.

    Evan Nelson

    November 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm


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