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Large number of foreign students to attend UCSD

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Aired 4/19/09

California universities have seen drop in the number of international students applying since September 11th, 2001. But UC San Diego is one campus where interest hasn't waned. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

UCSD officials expect more than 2,200 international students to attend this academic year - an all time high. The number of foreign students enrolled did level-off after 9-11, but there was a significant increase two years ago.

Campus officials say the number of Middle Eastern students on campus continues to lag below pre-9-11 levels. UCSD spokesman Michael Hindi says increased federal scrutiny influences whether those students will enroll.

Michael Hindi: "That does affect how they feel we feel about them. And I think we need to be aware of that. Because it does send a message that we need to be thinking about. Do we want to be sending a message that its OK to single out a certain group of people?"

Hindi says the majority of international students at UCSD come from China, South Korea and Japan. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.



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