The number of international students on campus has increased by a third since 2004, a new report shows.
The percentage of international students stands at 20 percent for the University as a whole, with 117 countries represented. In Yale College, 10 percent of students are international, while 37 percent of students at the graduate and professional schools come from abroad. The report, released earlier this week by the Office of International Students and Scholars, was published in accordance with International Education Week, a federally sponsored event coordinated by U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education.
The statistics at Yale mirror a national trend. According to a report by the Brookings Institute — a Washington, D.C.-based think tank — the number of foreign students on F-1 visas in American colleges and universities grew dramatically from 110,000 in 2001 to 524,000 in 2012.
With more students entering the U.S. for college, Stephanie Siow ’17 said the increase of foreign students has created a strong international community on Yale’s campus.
“It’s not that the other resources are unimportant, but having more international students is a source of support in itself,” Siow said.
While the overall growth has been dramatic, OISS Director Ann Kuhlman said that it has not been overwhelming in any particular year. As a result, she noted, OISS has been able to adjust their business process to accommodate growth, while still retaining their commitment to individualized support.
But Jan Kolmas ’14 said that he did not notice any particular growth of the undergraduate population when he was a student at Yale. He added that he has also not been aware of new resources instituted since 2010, mainly because OISS relies on the consistent success of the pre-orientation program for international students.
Olga Karnas ’16, president of the International Students Organization, said that given the increase in international students, she hopes that the University will provide more support for these students in job searches.
In an effort to increase their support for international students, ISO and OISS organized a career advising panel in early November with four international members of the class of 2014. At the event, roughly 60 students who attended were given the opportunity to ask questions about the panelists’ career trajectories and their experiences being non-American citizens on the U.S. job market.
“It is a shared experience for the internationals on campus. After four years of liberal arts education and access to the same on-campus resources as our American peers, the job market — whether in America, our home countries or elsewhere — becomes more difficult to navigate for us,” she said.
OISS did not offer any particular events for International Education Week, Kuhlman said. The regular offerings of activities targeted at international students obviate the need for specific events, Kuhlman said.
“If you look at any one week during the semester, you would find a multitude of internationally related activities,” she said. “So one could say every week at Yale is International Education Week.