Friday, August 30, 2013
Preliminary numbers show that international student enrollment numbers are up and are expected to be about 10-percent of the school's entire student body.
"That's really quite a healthy population. I think that's the largest percentage here in the state of Kansas," said Armin Gerhard, executive director of WSU International Education.
Last year, international students were nine-percent of the student body. There were 1,382 international students that made up the 14,898 total student body.
Gerhard credits the increase to his staff members who are recruiters of international students. One of the areas they continue to focus on recruitment efforts is Asia.
"We tried marketing in Latin America and Europe for example and we found that not to be quite as responsive as Asian countries," said Gerhard.
Students like Jing Di Zhang credit the smaller classes sizes and lower tuition for choosing WSU for both her undergraduate and graduate studies.
"I love this city and I love this school. That's why I'm back," said Zhang.
International students pay the same tuition as non-residents of Kansas.
Undergraduate students who are residents of Kansas pay $187.40 per credit hour, whereas non-residents pay $455.20.
Graduate students who are residents of Kansas pay $253.05 per credit hour, whereas non-residents pay $637.70.