The number of international students on local college campuses is on the rise as officials are working to develop more globally aware graduates.
Officials at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University and the College of William and Mary said efforts are underway to recruit more international students. Having individuals from other countries on a college campus benefits both the college community and the visiting students, they said.
"There's a two-way embrace," said Ebony Majeed, director of the International Office at Hampton University. "I think it's very beneficial for all."
School officials said increasing international awareness on college campuses is a global trend as employers seek individuals who understand other cultures. Students who are exposed to countries beyond their own borders can learn about cultural differences, gain knowledge about the workings of other economies, and learn to better appreciate their own countries, among other benefits, they said.