There has been an increase in the number of foreign students coming to the U.S. for MBA programs despite the economic downturn.
According to Christine Sneva, director of admissions and financial aid at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, international enrollments increased by 12 percent from the previous school year.
“I don’t think the U.S. seems as unfriendly to international applicants anymore, which is great,” expressed Christine Sneva. “It just seems like a certain level of optimism has returned for international students.”
A recent report from the Council of Graduate Schools also showed that this fall, the largest increase in total international graduate enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities occurred in business, which had a 6 percent gain following no growth in 2010. Nathan Bell, the council’s director of research and policy analysis said that surge was the largest increase in immigrant students attending the graduate business school sector since 2007.
Many students from China, Taiwan, Vietnam and other countries are coming to the U.S. to get their MBAs, hoping to return to their home countries and fast-track their careers at a multinational company, said Shantanu Dutta, vice-dean for graduate programs at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. The school offers a one-year international MBA program and 75 percent of the students are from Asia. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pushed over the past two years to get more students to study in the United States.
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International Student Enrollments Increase at U.S Business Schools
Posted on December 23, 2011